Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Peace Light burns at Trinity, Easton

Trinity Episcopal Church in Easton will continuously burn a lamp through the Christmas season whose flame was taken from an oil lamp in the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem, West Bank, Israel. The original flame burned in an oil lamp that has burned continuously for centuries in the grotto that is the tradition site of Jesus' birth.

Each year since 1986, a child from Austria travels to Bethlehem to light a flame from the one that burns in the grotto at the birthplace of Jesus. The flame is then flown to Austria where it is distributed to delegations of scouts from across Europe, North America and the world. The Peace Light is then taken by scouts back to their home countries to share with others.

This year, the peace light traveled by way of Austrian Airlines from Vienna to New York City's JFK International Airport on December 4. It was presented to the Boy Scouts of America for distribution to councils across the USA. It will travel to Fort Hood, TX and Fort Bragg NC, to show appreciation to all those who serve our country.

The Peace Light arrived in Bethlehem, PA two weeks ago. It was transported to Minsi Trails Council in Allentown earlier this week.

Tammy Frasca, a member of Trinity,, Easton, contacted Father Andrew Gerns with news of the Peace Flame and wondered if it could burn at Trinity Church through Christmas. Canon Gerns arranged for the Peace Flame to be delivered to Trinity Church by members of Troop 50 in Philipsburg, New Jersey.

The light will burn in Trinity Church through Epiphany. All of the candles in the church and used during the Christmas season liturgies will use this flame.

Photos of the Peace Light in transit and in use around the world may be seen here.

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