11 August 2016

Stamp on Mother Teresa

Date of Issue : 2 September 2016

Vatican Post anticipates the canonization of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata with the special postage stamp, which will be released Sept. 2, two days before Pope Francis officially declares her a saint.

The 95-cent stamp features a wrinkled but radiant Mother Teresa smiling in her blue-trimmed, white sari. Overlaid on the design by Patrizio Daniele is another image of her holding the hand of a small child.
“Frail but equally determined in her vocation, Mother Teresa loved God and the church with great strength, simplicity and extraordinary humility, glorifying with her life the dignity of a most humble service”, said the brochure announcing the stamp’s release.
“She was a humble messenger of the Gospel and of Christ’s love, known as ‘a small pencil in the hands of the Lord’, doing her work quietly and always with great love”, it said. “She assisted the poor, the sick and the abandoned with tireless dedication, offering smiles and simple gestures, finding strength to persevere with her vocation through prayer and trust in God”.

Meanwhile, the poor, the suffering and those who minister to them will be at the center of celebrations leading up to the canonisation of Blessed Teresa at the Vatican.

The main event — the canonisation Mass — will begin at 10.30am on September 4, the Vatican announced on Friday.

A “family feast” for the poor, a musical, Masses and prayer vigils will precede her canonisation, according to programmes published by the Vatican and by the Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded.

The date of Mother Teresa’s canonisation will coincide with the conclusion of the Year of Mercy pilgrimage for workers and ministers engaged in works of mercy.

Pope Francis will give a special catechetical session for volunteer workers, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, in the evening of September 3.

Here are the main events planned around the canonisation of Mother Teresa:
— September 1: “feast for the poor and Missionaries of Charity family,” including a musical based on Mother Teresa’s life.

— September 2: Masses in various languages in Rome’s Basilica of St Anastasia al Palatino and veneration of her relics. In the evening, a prayer vigil with solemn Eucharistic adoration will be held at Rome’s Basilica of St John Lateran with Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the papal vicar of Rome, presiding.

— September 3: Catechesis by Pope Francis for the jubilee celebration of workers and volunteers for mercy. In the evening, a prayer and musical meditation will be held at Rome’s Basilica of St Andrea della Valle followed by veneration of Mother Teresa’s relics and Mass.

— September 4: Canonisation Mass – pilgrims will be able to venerate St Teresa’s relics in the evening at the Basilica of St John Lateran.

— September 5: Celebration of a Mass of thanksgiving and the first feast of St Teresa of Calcutta in St Peter’s Basilica with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, presiding. Pilgrims will be able to venerate the relics of St Teresa at St. John Lateran in the evening.

— September 6: Continuing veneration of the relics of St Teresa at St John Lateran.

— September 7-8: Veneration of the relics of St Teresa of Calcutta at Rome’s Church of St Gregory the Great, along with the possibility of visiting her room at the convent of St Gregory.
Source: Catholic Herald

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