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06 December 1982
6/1982
Commemorative Issue

Christmas 1982

Cyprus
The rite of the Holy Communion lies at the core of the Christian Orthodox religion. This rite was initiated by Jesus Himself just before his crucifixion when he invited his disciples to take part in the Last Supper offering them Bread and Wine. The transubstantiation of these two elements can be traced in the Lord's fundamental words: "Take ye, eat; this is my body..." and "Drink ye all; this is my blood...". The sacred vessels of the Church used for the Holy Communion are traditionally made of precious metals, gold or silver, thus they are most appropriate to receive the Body and the Blood of the Lord. Usually, Orthodox Christians partake of Holy Communion at Christmas, Easter or on other great feasts. This year, the Postal Services of Cyprus emphasize this aspect of Christmas by releasing three stamps with relevant themes.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

  Wall painting of the 16th century from the church of the St. Neophytos Monastery in Paphos. It depicts Jesus, breaking the Bread and offering it to his disciples.

  The Holy Chalice of the church of St. Savvas in Nicosia. It is a silver work made in 1501 with inscriptions round the brim. It is decorated with vine leaves, two dragons and portraits of saints made in enamel.

  A wall painting of the 16th century of the St. Neophytos Monastery in Paphos. It depicts Jesus holding the Cup and offering the Wine to his disciples

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Christmas 1982

Technical Information

Designer: A. Tassos
Quantities:
M25: 800000
M100: 1200000
M250: 300000
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