The establishment of the Jesuit Society in the late 16th century laid the foundations for the Marian culture in what was then the Duchy of Luxembourg. The Jesuit, Jacques Brocquart, played a significant role when, on 8th December 1624, he and a group of students carried the statue of the “Consoler of the Afflicted” to the city gates. On 10th October 1666, when the Consolatrix Afflictorum (Consoler of the Afflicted) was elected Patronae Civitatis (Patroness of the City), Marian culture was given a mighty boost in Luxembourg. There remains to this day a strong bond between Mary and the Luxembourg people, which is especially apparent during the annual pilgrimage season known as the Octave.
This release is being published jointly with the stamp office of the Vatican. Both stamps and sheets are identical apart from country-specific details.
The Vativan sheet can be ordered from POST Philately.