Sunday, December 1, 2013

Royal Mail First Day Cover – Christmas 2013

Christmas is upon us again and the Royal Mail has dedicated its newest stamps to a religious depiction, i.e. the Mother of God holding Jesus Christ. According to the Royal Mail:

“The mother and child theme is common to many world religions. In Christianity, limited Gospel references to Mary were supplemented by apocryphal texts about Christ’s birth and infancy. When Mary was proclaimed Theotokos, Mother of God, at the Council of Ephesus in 431, images of the Ever-Virgin Mother and Child multiplied, a visual symbol of the belief that Christ is both human and divine. The four paintings chosen for the Christmas 2013 stamps reflect the development and range of artistic representations of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus since the 15th century. A specially commissioned Neo-Coptic icon completes the set”. 

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