The Peace Light is coming back to the United States this weekend and will be at Bensalem Presbyterian Church!
All are invited to come to the church on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. for a receiving ceremony. It will also be received during their Worship services on Sunday morning, November 27 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
The Peace Light flame began its tradition in 2001 of traveling from a grotto in Bethlehem where tradition places Jesus’ birth around the world to North America. The Peace Light has been burning in Bethlehem for what is estimated to be over 1,000 years and each year a child goes into the grotto and brings out a flame that is then transported from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Vienna, Austria. During a Service of Dedication, the Peace Light flame is given to people who spread it across Europe. It is then flown by Austrian Airlines to JFK International Airport in New York City in two blast-proof miners lamps fueled by smokeless paraffin oil.
From New York, it is distributed across the United States and Canada and put in select locations where the flame can be received by local churches and even put in people’s homes. Some congregations use the flame to light their advent candles, while individuals will blow out the pilot lights in their stoves and furnaces and relight them with the flame so that the light of Jesus is continuously in their houses.
But the reminder to everyone who receives the flame is that there is a message of peace associated with it. It is suggested that the following be said when taking the Peace Light: “We gladly receive this light as a sign of our willingness to be channels of peace, by our words and actions.”
Date(s) - Nov 26, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bensalem Presbyterian Church