Write A Letter to the Holy Trinity
If you could literally write a letter to the Holy Trinity and send it via the postal system, what stamp will you use? Well, to guarantee that your letter gets top priority, why not use postal stamps that have images of the Holy Trinity?
The 1974 Christmas stamp of Equatorial Guinea (Equatorial Guinea gained independence in 1968 after 190 years of Spanish rule) shows a reproduction of “The Trinity with Christ Cruficied” from the collection of the National Gallery of London. This trinitarian iconography is often called “Throne of Mercy” as it shows God the Father seated but carrying the cross with the crucified Christ.
In some interpretations, God the Father is painted as carrying the dead body of Christ after being brought down from the cross. The most famous of this variation is the 1577 painting by “El Greco” of the Trinity that is now found at the Museo del Prado, Madrid. A stamp from Republic of Burundi shows a reproduction of El Greco’s Trinity.
Note: Reproduction of El Greco’s Trinity (Museo del Prado, Madrid).
Equatorial Guinea also issued a stamp that depicted the body of the dead Christ being carried by God the Father. The image is a reproduction of the work of an Italian artist, Allessandro Allori painted around 1571. While Allori’s work does not have the dramatic color and palette of El Greco’s version, both work portray God the Father grieving over the dead body of the Son. In the Philippines, the Throne of Mercy is not a common iconography of the Trinity. Most of the Philippine Trinity images are variations of the Balic-balic Trinity and the forbidden “synchronos” Trinity (God The Father, Son, and Spirit each represented as almost identical images of Christ).
~ by Martin Gaerlan on August 8, 2006.
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