Romfilatelia will introduce into circulation the postage stamp issue “Christmas 2017”, on Tuesday, November 21st, in its own shops network in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara and online on http://romfilatelia.ro/store/.
As it does every year, Romfilatelia celebrates the Christmas Day by introducing into circulation the postage stamp issue entitled “Christmas 2017”, consisting of two stamps, both with face value of Lei 1,30, that illustrate two icons representative for this Christian feast, from the collection of the Church “Saint Elefterie”– the New.
The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is the feast of the divine love that we learn according to the example given to us by God, and the days of Christmas are an occasion of great joy, being by tradition, a celebration of family, indulgence, kindness, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Church “Saint Elefterie” – the New, dedicated to the holy hierarch of Illyricum, celebrated every December 15th, is located in one of the central areas of the Capital, Bucharest. With a remarkable architecture and recently restored painting, the Church shelters a valuable collection of icons.
The stamp that illustrates the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ depicts the Holy Family – the Blessed Mother of God, Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph – receiving the shepherds arrived to worship the Child Jesus Christ. Within the icon, there are represented the elements mentioned in the Gospel of Luke – the stable, the shepherds, but also the star that illuminates and watches over the blissful moment, mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew.
Another valuable icon, wood picture, from the patrimony of the Church “Saint Elefterie”– the New is the Mother of God with the Child, an imperial icon, a symbol of Christianity and an emblem of universal maternity. The Virgin Mary, especially honoured by the Christians, is a model of humbleness, dedication and obedience in relation to God.
The postage stamp issue is completed by a First Day Cover and as page composition a sheet of 28 stamps, a minisheet of 9 stamps.
- The philatelic album is created into a limited edition of 357 pieces and is equipped with the special block of the issue (containing two perforated stamps with illustrated border) as well as the First Day Cover with „first day” postmark clearly imprinted, with gold foiling, both products being numbered, with black, from 001 to 357.
- The special mini-album, with silver stamp, reunites, in an original presentation the collectible philatelic block created in a limited run printing and numbered, the replica molded in silver of the postage stamp depicting the icon Mother of God with the Child and a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the State Mint, numbered (from 001 to 298).
Romfilatelia thanks His Beatitude Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the parish priest of the Church of “Saint Elefterie” – the New, Ph.D. Valer Ulican and representatives of the “Lumina” newspaper for the documentary and photographic support granted in the creation of this postage stamp issue.
For further information, please contact the Public Relation Office:
Tel: 021 / 337 24 42