In Germany, Christian stamps to celebrate Christmas

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As Christmas approaches, German posts are selling stamps decorated with a Bible verse. Presented by the German Ministry of Finance, it takes up the message of the Gospel of Luke, in chapter 2 verse 11: "A Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord."

Every year in Germany, a special stamp is produced for the Christmas holidays. This year's stamp was present officially at St. Christopher's Church in Berlin on November 21. 

This festive stamp decorated with an angel also bears a Bible verse. The chosen verse comes from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 2 verse 11, which evokes the birth of Christ. 

“Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.”

Public chat the website of the German Ministry of Finance we find an explanation written by Joachim Ochel, of the Evangelical Church of Germany, EKD, on the term "Savior". He reports that it etymologically means to heal, “referring to Jesus Christ as the equivalent of 'Savior' and 'Redeemer'”.

For each stamp purchased at a price of 1,25 euros, 40 cents will be used to support “social cohesion and the work of the Federal Association of Independent Social Protection Organizations”. 

An initiative that continues for several years and continues to enjoy great success. In 2020 in particular, the stamp sold nearly 2.7 million copies.

As a reminder, the chosen verse is part of the Nativity story. It traces the announcement of the birth of Jesus to the Magi. 

"But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for I bring you good news of great joy to all the people: that today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord. And this is the sign you will recognize: you will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there joined with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host , praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men:" (Luke 2, verses 10 to 14, Louis Segond Version Bible) 

Melanie Boukorras 

Image credit: German Ministry of Finance 

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