18 March 2020

Maltese Festa 2020 — Feast of Saint Joseph

Malta: Maltese Festa 2020 – The Feast of Saint Joseph, 18 March 2020. Images from Malta Post.

Technical Specifications:

Date Of Issue: 18 Mar 2020
Designer: Design: Maltapost p.l.c. Photography by: Mark Micallef Perconte
Perforation: 13.9 x 14.0 (comb)
Process: Offset
Sheet: Set of 20 stamps
Denominations: €0.30
Watermark: Maltese crosses
Size: Sheet size: 182mm x115mm Stamp size: 31mm x 44mm

Maltese Festa 2020
Celebrating the Feast of Saint Joseph

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary since Pope Pius IX proclaimed Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. First appearing in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, Saint Joseph is known as the earthly father of Jesus Christ and the spouse of the Virgin Mary.

Various communities around Malta and Gozo celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph on different dates, however the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Joseph on 19 March. This day is also a public holiday in Malta.

This issue features a set of twenty stamps depicting some of the different statues of Saint Joseph found in various churches around Malta and Gozo.

Birkirkara St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church – Titular Feast
Kalkara Parish Church – Titular Feast
Manikata Parish Church – Titular Feast
Msida Parish Church – Titular Feast
Qala Parish Church, Gozo – Titular Feast
Rabat Church of the Blessed Virgin Principal Feast
Xaghra Basilica, Gozo – Co-Patron
Birgu Collegiate Church – Confraternity
Birkirkara Basilica of St. Helen – Confraternity
Cospicua Collegiate Church – Confraternity
Ghajnsielem Parish Church, Gozo Secondary Feast
Ghaxaq Parish Church – Secondary Feast
Hamrun, St. Cajetan Parish Church
Kirkop Parish Church – Secondary Feast
Mosta Basilica – Confraternity
Qormi St. George Collegiate Church – Confraternity
Valletta Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel -Confraternity
Zebbug Parich Church – Secondary Feast
Zejtun Parish Church – Confraternity
Zurrieq Parish Church – Confraternity

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