Thursday, December 13, 2007

Royal Mail Christmas Stamps

Briefing: ignore the stupid emails going round about having to request the lovely religious Christmas stamps available this year, but get enough for next year as well! they only come out bi-anually. Next year we'll be back to snowmen drawn by five-year-olds.

From CFNews: Christians in the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield are being urged not to be taken in by a hoax email claiming the Royal Mail have instructed staff not to sell religious-themed Christmas stamps. The email warning comes in a number of different versions. Some claim the instruction has been issued so that the Royal Mail can say there is no demand for religious-themed stamps. Others claim it is not to offend the 'militant secularist lobby' and others claim it is not to offend 'people of other faiths'. The emails urge recipients to forward them to everybody in their address book. Now the Diocese of Lichfield has issued its own warning urging people to 'stamp out' the myth. Spokesman Gavin Drake said: "This warning is simply not true. "No such instruction has been issued by the Royal Mail. In fact, the Royal Mail has printed 300 million Christmas stamps and they won't want any left over in the New Year.

While it would be nice if the Royal Mail would produce religious themed Christmas stamps each year - as the General Synod unanimously requested in July 2004 - the Royal Mail do issue religious-themed Christmas stamps bi-annually. In their accompanying literature about this year's theme there is unquestionable Christian content - including a summary of the discovery by archaeologists of the Lichfield Angel, part of the original 8th Century Shrine of Saint Chad, discovered during an excavation of the nave of Lichfield Cathedral. Rather than be ashamed of our nation's Christian heritage, the Royal Mail appear to be celebrating it and in the spring will release a set of stamps celebrating these islands' great cathedrals - in which Lichfield will take pride of place on the first class stamp," he added. In a warning on the diocese's website - - Mr Drake urges people who receive the circular emails not to forward them but to inform the sender that this is a hoax. [Lichfield Mercury]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen