Isle of Man Issued Gold Stamps for Christmas

The 250th anniversary of the translation of the Book of Common Prayer into Manx Gaelic has been marked by a set of specially commissioned gold-inked Christmas stamps by the island’s Post Office.iom christmas stamps

In 1610, the Bishop of Sodor and Man, the Rt Revd John Phillips, interpreted the 1604 Book of Common Prayer for use on the island. But it wasn’t until 1765 that the Society of Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SPCK) published the first Manx Gaelic edition of the BCP, using the 1662 BCP as its source.The 250th anniversary of the publication of the first Manx Gaelic BCP has now been marked by the publication of five special Christmas stamps by the Isle of Man Post Office. Designed by local artist Julia Ashby-Smyth, the stamps feature a Manx word and a religious emblem closely associated with the spiritual aspects of Christmas.

The BCP stamps have been printed with metallic gold ink and are designed to be small enough to be used on any Christmas card, the Isle of Man Post Office says.

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