The Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 8 and Scouts BSA Troop 8 will deliver the Peace Light to Divine Mercy Parish in Peterborough on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m.
This event has been held in the Greater Peterborough area for all but one year since 2013. Last year’s event was hosted by the Monadnock Quaker Meeting in Jaffrey.
The Scouts invite all community members to attend this non-denominational event and light their own lantern or candle from this flame, brought from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The best way to carry the Peace Light flame is with a lantern with smokeless paraffin oil. The lantern or candle should be in a bucket either with some sand in the bottom or some other way to add stability if you choose to transport it.
For over a thousand years, oil lamps have been continuously lit in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Since 1986, a child from Upper Austria has lit two blast proof miner’s lamps from a Grotto lamp. These lamps are then transported to Vienna, Austria, where the living flame is distributed at a Service of Dedication to Scouts and Guides from across Europe. From Vienna, these Scouts and Guides take the Peace Light back to their communities, where they share the Peace Light at rail stations, churches, and Scout meetings. By Christmas, the Light reaches nearly every country in Europe.
The Peace Light first came to the United States in 2001 by Canadian Scouts who brought it to Ground Zero in New York City. This has become an annual tradition since 2004. The Peace Light was delivered to John F. Kennedy Airport on December 6, 2019.
More information about the Peace Light is available at: www.peacelight.org.