JUBILEE OF MERCY

JUBILEE OF MERCY  

Burying the Dead - Solemnity of Christ, King of the universe
The Philatelic Office concludes its cycle of stamp issues dedicated to the Jubilee of Mercy with a series consisting of two values, a work by artist Daniela Fusco, depicting in a symbolic way the Corporal Work of Mercy "to bury the dead", and the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. On the € 0.95 value the artist presents the various symbols which recall the rite of burial and the resurrection to eternal life: a close-up of an angel, an image of heavenly life, holding a candle and a rose, symbols recalling the memory of the dead and the care a Christian has for their tombs as a way to honor their memory. The door of the tomb in the background signifies the passage of the deceased into paradise where the angels and eternal life await. The scene also features a broken column representing the transience of earthly life and a peacock symbolizing the immortality of the soul. The € 1.00 euro value celebrates the Feast of Christ the King, established by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical "Quas Primas" of 11 December 1925 to promote "knowledge of the regal dignity of our Lord". The celebration traditionally marks the end of the liturgical year and was chosen by Pope Francis to conclude the Holy Year of Mercy. The stamp depicts a kingly representation of Jesus who is blessing, and in the background, the Holy Door, symbol of the Jubilee.