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U.S. Postal Service Issues Holy Family Forever Stamp
Yahoo News ^ | 10/10/12

Posted on 10/19/2012 7:00:47 AM PDT by marshmallow

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The dramatic story of the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt has been depicted in art and music for centuries. Today, the story travels on millions of Forever stamps with the U.S. Postal Service's issuance of the Holy Family stamp as the nation prepares for the holiday mailing season. The stamp goes on sale today at Post Offices nationwide and can be purchased online at usps.com/shop or by phone at 800-Stamp24 (800-782-6724).

The stamp was unveiled at Bethlehem Chapel, the earliest completed portion of Washington National Cathedral. The center panel of the limestone altar reredos (backdrop) depicts the birth of Jesus, and the chapel's five windows tell the Nativity story with colorful detail. The design of the 1980 Christmas stamp featured the Madonna and Child taken from the chapel's Epiphany stained glass window. The Christmas-themed iconography of Bethlehem Chapel extends to the needlepoint kneelers, which bear symbols and images related to the Nativity story including stars, mangers, camels, magi, shepherds, and angels.

"To me, this beautiful piece of contemporary art is an important part of the joyful and miraculous story of hope and salvation that we celebrate each Christmas season," said U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors member Louis J. Giuliano.

"We are proud that this stamp will decorate millions of greeting cards, letters and packages this year," said Giuliano. "Cards may carry seasonal messages inside but season's greetings really begin on the outside — with stamps."

"The story of this new family forced to leave their home reminds us in the Christmas season to bring comfort and joy to those who are marginalized by our society—the poor, the elderly, the immigrant, and the refugee," said the Very Rev. Gary R. Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral. "This beautiful depiction of the Holy....

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TOPICS: Current Events; General Discusssion; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christmas; usps

1 posted on 10/19/2012 7:00:52 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Ironic that nowadays Egypt is the place you run from, not to.


2 posted on 10/19/2012 7:09:13 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: marshmallow

A cynic would conclude the Post Office, under huge financial stress, took the expedient route to revenue: tap into the guns and bible crowd and sell more stamps.


3 posted on 10/19/2012 7:12:05 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: marshmallow

4 posted on 10/19/2012 7:15:12 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: marshmallow

But, but, but .... this is a violation of the separation of Church and State!

I'm ordering a lifetime supply of these before they are confiscated by Big Bro.

5 posted on 10/19/2012 7:16:24 AM PDT by shove_it (DNC = perpetual emotion machine)
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To: married21

That’s what I was thinking

The Holy family fleeing Egypt with a burning Copt Christian church behind them would be appropriate for these times


6 posted on 10/19/2012 7:17:04 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: ArrogantBustard
Thanks.

Was going to post it above but the link in the original article kept timing out so I gave up.

7 posted on 10/19/2012 7:17:13 AM PDT by marshmallow (.)
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To: marshmallow

8 posted on 10/19/2012 7:18:04 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: marshmallow

Uh oh. Why is “FOREVER” crossed out in the image of the stamp?


9 posted on 10/19/2012 7:22:05 AM PDT by shove_it (DNC = perpetual emotion machine)
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To: marshmallow

just in time to try to make BHusseinO look a little bit Christian?


10 posted on 10/19/2012 7:24:51 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: shove_it
Uh oh. Why is “FOREVER” crossed out in the image of the stamp?

So that someone doesn't try to print postage with a color printer.
11 posted on 10/19/2012 7:30:58 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: faithhopecharity

re: just in time to try to make BHusseinO look a little bit Christian?

Not at all. It it the annual religious Christmas stamp.


12 posted on 10/19/2012 7:39:12 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Nevadan

Yes, we have been waiting for the Christmas stamp.
Thanks,


13 posted on 10/19/2012 7:50:18 AM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: marshmallow
The Holy Family Forever

Sounds like a Knights of Columbus campaign.

I'm calling the ACLU just to be safe. /s

14 posted on 10/19/2012 7:55:56 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: marshmallow

That is just beautiful. I like it better than the
previous last few. I hope that they made it big. I always feel cheated with their Christmas stamps in that they make them so small that you cannot appreciate the detail.

I have a friend in Hawaii whose family always buys enough Christmas stamps to last the whole year. They use them on all their mail in tribute to the Holy Family. I think that’s a nice tradition. With the postal service in dire straights, I think it would behoove all of us to buy a year’s worth of stamps as our Chhristmas gift to the men and womein who deliver our mail.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 8:11:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ArrogantBustard

That’s really a beautiful stamp, but I can’t help thinking this administration permits it only so they will be allowed to produce more EID stamps.


16 posted on 10/19/2012 8:16:37 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Dr. Sivana

Ahaa soo ... I never noticed that before.


17 posted on 10/19/2012 8:44:41 AM PDT by shove_it (DNC = perpetual emotion machine)
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BFL. Awesome pic


18 posted on 10/19/2012 9:40:41 AM PDT by zeugma (Rid the world of those savages. - Dorothy Woods, widow of a Navy Seal, AMEN!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

That was my first thought too. regardless of how “unconstitutional” they may find this.


19 posted on 10/19/2012 9:43:16 AM PDT by uncitizen (Obama is a traitor!)
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To: shove_it

Haha your fears are NOT without merit FRiend! I must admit I was a bit shocked when I read the headline, especially with the recent news from that Texas high school sued for “separation” of church and state because they had the “nerve” to use Bible verses as motivation for their football team.

However if I remember my “social studies” correctly (and I trust a fellow FReeper will correct me on this if I’m wrong) the Post Office isn’t technically a branch of the Federal govt. It’s original inception was when it was decided a private enterprise that had gained a monopoly on the mail delivery business was given an exception to “anti-trust” and allowed to operate as a monopoly, for the “good of the people.

Kind of like Amtrak and your local utility companies.

So if some rabid atheist were to compain, they*could* say its a private business, not the govt “endorsing” religion.

I could be wrong. I’ve been wrong about a lot these days.


20 posted on 10/19/2012 9:52:53 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

>> “tap into the guns and bible crowd and sell more stamps” <<

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I can see your logic, but the reality is that christmas isn’t Christian, its commercial. They simply need the revenue.

Christ’s real birth date was at Yom Kippur, and his family didn’t migrate to Egypt on either date.


21 posted on 10/19/2012 9:55:32 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor
"but the reality is that christmas isn’t Christian..."

Hogwash. December 25th is the day on the Catholic Liturgical calendar that the Mass commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, prominently proclaimed in each of the Gospels, is commemorated and celebrated. It is not the contention of the Church that December 25th was His actual birthday. It is, however, a high holy day and has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas Trees, Yule Logs, Elves, Reindeer, Holly Wreaths, etc. It is and was very much Christian. Peace be with you

22 posted on 10/19/2012 1:13:22 PM PDT by Natural Law (Jesus did not leave us a Bible, He left us a Church.)
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To: Natural Law

There is nothing in any of the gospels about any mass.

The mass is blasphemy, and christmas is especially noxious because it assigns the birth of Tammuz as being that of Christ.

Christ was born at Yom Kippur in the year 2BC by our current erroneous calendar.

Real Christians believe that the prophecy of Christ’s birth at Yom Kippur was fulfilled. Others, meh!


23 posted on 10/19/2012 3:52:53 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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