October 13, 2016
2817 NETHERLANDS (Netherlands / Limburg) - A beadle of the Basilica of Our Lady in Maastricht
Beadle is a lay official of a church (or synagogue) who may usher, keep order, make reports, and assist in religious functions; or a minor official who carries out various civil, educational, or ceremonial duties. The term has origins in Old English, and was a title given to an Anglo-Saxon officer who summoned householders to council. In postcard is a beadle from the Basilica of Our Lady in Maastricht, a Roman catholic parish church in the Diocese of Roermond, built largely in the 11th and 12th centuries.
About the stamps
The stamps are part of a large series issued on November 19, 2013 for Christmas.
Sender 2205: Wilma van Vegten (direct swap)
Sent from Leiden (South Holland / Netherlands), on 12.12.2013