For over a thousand years lamps have been continuously lit in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem Israel. For the last 22 years, a child from Upper Austria has lit two blast proof miner’s lamps from a grotto lamp. The blast proof miners lamps are then carried on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna Austria from where the Peace Light 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.
Boy and Girl Scouts and other interested people gather in Vienna to light their lamps from the Peace Light flame the miners lamps carried from Bethlehem. They in turn pass the Peace Light flame from lamp to lamp, spreading it across Europe as far north as the northern edge of Norway, and as far east as Moscow.
Since 2004, Austrian Airlines has flown the miner’s lamps containing the Peace Light from Vienna to New York City. Boy Scout Leaders light their lanterns from the miner’s lamps in New York and spread out across the United States and Canada to share the Peace Light. See the map below, to see how far the Peace Light spreads.
As it makes its trip across the county, The Peace Light will be available at the Wausau Homes Scout Center on 3711 Camp Phillips Rd on Thursday December 1st from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This is your opportunity to take the Peace Light home with you. Bring an oil lamp or enclosed candle to the Scout Service Center and we will share the Peace Light with you. More information on the Peace Light and the volunteers that help make its trip around the world can be found at www.peacelight.org.
Peace Light Lighting Ceremony
Thursday December 1st, 6:30-7:30pm
Wausau Homes Scout Center
3711 Camp Phillips Rd
Weston, WI 54476
Free and public invited
Bring an oil lamp or protected candle to carry the light back home with you.