The Peace Light
International Peace Light and Carrier
Due to the uncertainty created by the Covid lockdowns across Europe, many countries cannot or have decided not to attend the Austria Peace Light Service at Salzburg. We normally collect the Light from our fellow Scouts in France, but they will not be collecting the Light from Salzburg so sadly the UK Organisers have agreed that we will not be able to share the true Bethlehem Peace Light this year. Trust that you will all accept our apologies for the short notice but there just became too many hurdles thrown up to allow us to collect the Light. Hopefully next year things will be easier and fingers crossed, our distribution may return to normal.
Although we will not be able to share the Light, there will be live on-line coverage of of the Austrian Service at Salzburg and the American Reception Service at JFK Airport, details will be added to our distribution page when madeavailable
"We gladly receive the light as a sign of our willingness to be channels of peace, by our words and actions.."
In its 35th year, the Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organised by the Austrian Broadcasting Company - ORF (Linz) - and was part of a large charitable relief mission - Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad. Since 1986 there has been a great deal of co-operation between Scouts and Guides in many countries which has allowed the light to travel throughout Europe, such that the light is passed on to 30 European Countries and for the past few years, on to North America, Mexico and Canada . Each year, a child from Upper Austria kindles a flame from the "Eternal Flame" from the Nativity Grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is then flown to 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 for use at ecumenical services throughout the Continent. Scouts and Guides can then take the light on to other churches, hospitals, old people homes, prisons, and places of public, cultural and political importance - to anybody that appreciates the significance of the "gift". In past years the light has been presented to Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Mikhail Gorbatshow, the former King Hussain of Jordan, EU President Romano Prodi and other member of the European parliament in Strazbourg, the UN Troops in Kosovo and continues to be taken to Ground Zero, New York.
May the kindly spirit of
Christmas spread its radiance far and wide,
Original Web Page Compiled by "G@Z" 9/2001
Last Updated 16-10-2021