Bethlehem Peace Light

Bethlehem Peace Light

Arrives at Queen of Peace Church Sunday, December 12th at the 10:30am Mass

The Peace Light, symbolic of the Light of Christ, especially evident at Christmas, is meant to promote
peace, harmony and unity among all people of the world regardless of race, ethnicity or creed.
Each year in late November, a child from Austria lights a lantern from the continuously burning flame in
the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the site where Jesus was born, where the Peace Light has been
burning for more than one thousand years. This flame is a sign of peace and friendship and reminds us
that even though there is still much darkness in the world, we all share in Christ’s mission to overcome
that darkness and create a peaceful world. The light, stored in special lanterns is flown to Austria and
shared with delegations who distribute it with a message of peace to countries throughout the world.
This year, on December 11th, the Peace Light will be transported from Austria to New York City’s JFK
International Airport. A distribution ceremony of adults and children will gather at the airport’s Our
Lady of the Skies Chapel to welcome the light of peace and kindle their own flames. The light’s
pilgrimage across the United States begins from New York City, with scouting and other youth
organizations then taking the light to churches and other places of worship, hospitals, homeless shelters,
nursing homes, and to places of public for all to appreciate the significance of the “gift” of peace.
Queen of Peace Parish will share in the distribution of the Peace Light, in the spirit of Jesus Christ, whom
Scripture calls the “Light of the World” and the “Prince of Peace.” The flame will be brought to our
parish by a distributing youth group from Saint Joseph Church in Oradell and be received by a delegation
of our teens representing the Confirmation candidates and all the youth and teens of the parish. The
flame will be kept burning in a lantern at the Queen of Peace altar to keep the hope of peace alive in our
homes our community and our world.
We share this light as a reminder that Christ came as the peace of the world. Peace be with you this
Christmas!