Skip to comments.Religious stamps welcomed (By Church of England for Royal Mail's 2007 Christmas season)
Posted on 11/06/2007 2:28:11 AM PST by Stoat
Stamps ... religious theme
It follows criticism last year about a lack of Christian images on the designs.
This years set of eight stamps is illustrated with pictures either of angels or the Madonna and Child.
Next years collection is expected to feature classic pantomime characters, according to a Royal Mail spokesman.
Royal Mail alternates annually between secular and religious Christmas stamps, the spokesman said.
Last year featured a series of winter wonderland images so this year features angels and the Madonna and Child.
Christina Baxter, chair of the House of Laity of the Church of Englands General Synod, welcomed the new stamps, unveiled today.
Dr Baxter had called for the Royal Mail to use Christian themes on its Christmas stamps every year.
She said of the Madonna and child image on a first-class stamp: I very much welcome an explicitly Christian theme for that particular stamp and although the others are not to my personal taste, I nevertheless welcome stamps that carry values that are explicitly Christian, and I hope that the Post Office will produce Christian stamps next year too at Christmas.
A predicted two billion letters will be sent over the festive period - the busiest time of the year for the postal service.
Monday, December 17 is tipped to be the busiest day of the year, with a predicted 123million items set to hit the postal system compared with an average daily figure of 83million.
The Royal Mails last recommended posting dates for UK mail are Thursday, December 20 for first-class items and Tuesday, December 18 for second class.
The choice has been applauded by religious groups. Christmas stamps were brought in more than 40 years ago and generally had a religious theme.
Last year's collection was secular and featured scenes of a Christmas tree, a snowman, Santa Claus and a reindeer.
This year the stamps have angels representing peace, goodwill, joy and glory.
There are also reproductions of The Madonna of Humility by Italian artist Lippo di Dalmasio and Madonna and Child by Scottish realist painter William Dyce
She had last year called the secular images "regrettable" and called for the Royal Mail to use Christian themes on its Christmas stamps every year.
"Next year we will celebrate another of the themes that people associate with Christmas - pantomime."
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