20 May 2020
Appearance of the Icon of the Zhirovichi Mother of God Icon 550th Anniversary
Issued on: 2020-05-20
Size: 71 x 89 mm
Format: Souvenir Sheet
Perforation: 13¾, Imperforate
Printing: Offset lithography
Denomination: 5 Belarusian rubles
Print run: 20,000 of perforated sheet; 7,000 of imperforate sheet
550th Anniversary of the Appearance of the Zhirovichi Mother of God Icon
On May 20, 2020 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue the souvenir sheet “550th anniversary of the appearance of the Zhirovichi Mother of God Icon”.
Design: Yelena Medved. Print process: offset. Colour: multicoloured with additional paint like gold. Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed. Perforations: oval 133/4. Stamp size: 40×56 mm. Souvenir sheet size: 71×89 mm. The technology of thermal stamping with matte foil of golden colour and selective varnishing was applied on the souvenir sheet. Print quantity: 20.000 souvenir sheets.
Printer: Unitary Enterprise “Bobruisk Integrated Printing House named after A.T.Nepogodin”.
The imperforated souvenir sheet was also printed. Print quantity: 7.000 souvenir sheets.
The icon of the Zhirovichi Mother of God is one of the most revered Christian shrines in Belarus. It is kept in the Zhirovichi Holy Assumption Stavropegic Monastery.
This icon is the smallest among the revered virgin icons. The image of the Mother of God with the Baby Christ in her arms represents the iconographic type, which was called “Tenderness.” After a first glance at the icon, an impression of extraordinary refinement and depth remains.
Every year on May 20, Belarussian believers celebrate a great holiday of the miraculous icon of the Zhirovichi Mother of God.
The project was prepared in cooperation with the Zhirovichi Holy Assumption Stavropegic Monastery and on its materials.
Colour of the postmark — black.
Special postmark and FDC designed by Ye.Medved.
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out on the souvenir sheet issuing day at the post office of Zhirovichi, Grodno region.