This morning, Lynn Lefgren with Boy Scout Troup # 102 delivered the Peace Light to our monastery. Sr. Rose then lit a candle from this light and placed the candle by the statue of Mary in our church. The light will burn throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna Austria from where it is distributed at a Service of Dedication to delegations from across Europe who take it back, with a message of Peace, to their own countries. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City.
The goal of this group is to help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree rooted in New York and spreading across the continent.
You can see if the Peace Light is in your area by visiting them on Facebook.