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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 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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KEYWORDS: christmas; usps
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

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

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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