Anglican church honored on its 150th anniversary

The nation’s postal service has honored the downtown Anglican church, El Buen Pastor, on its 150th anniversary.

This is the church that is tucked away on the north side of the Avenida 4 pedestrian walkway between calles 3 and 5. In English the name is the Parish of the Good Shepherd.

The parish is the first Protestant religious institution in the country, as Correos de Costa Rica noted in presenting the commemorative stamp.

The new stamp features the central stained glass window of the church as well as a photo of the exterior. Some 3,000 stamps were issued, said Correos de Costa Rica. The face value is 1,000 colons, a bit less than $2.

The stamp designer is Cristian Ramírez buenpastor043015Vargas, and the printer was the La Uruca firm of Gozaka S.A.

With support from British and Caribbean sources, the church, which also describes itself as Episcopalian, was founded at a time when Protestants were a tiny minority in predominately Catholic Costa Rica. Most non-Catholics were here on business or as diplomats. Eventually a cemetery nearby came to be known as the one where foreigners were buried.

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