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Peace Light placed at Cornersburg location

YOUNGSTOWN — The Peace Light will be hosted at the JMJ Spiritual Connection store, 3434 Canfield Road by the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from St. Christine Church for the public to receive through Christmas Eve during normal business hours. Call the store at 330-270-5657 for details. Anyone wishing to receive the Peace Light at the store should bring a wind proof candle or lantern to receive the Peace Light and a message of peace. Anyone can also bring a new candle to have it lit by the Peace Light flame and let it burn for a couple of minutes and then put it out. The candle is now considered an “Infused Peace Light Candle.” This infused candle then can be used to send to love ones in other areas and ask then to re-light the candle and share the message of peace

Individuals and organizations of all faiths and/or denominations are invited to bring a wind proof candle or lantern to receive the Nativity of Bethlehem flame and take it back to their place of worship in order to provide this Peace Light to their own congregations to commemorate the Christmas Holiday Season or take home for their own personal use for the holidays.

For over 29 years the Peace Light from Bethlehem has been spread throughout Europe by the cooperation of the Austrian Broadcasting Company ORF (Linz), Austrian Airlines and the Austrian Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. Beginning in 2000, it has been flown to the United States and was taken to Ground Zero in New York in 2002. Due to the COVUD-19 restrictions in the United States and in Europe, the 2020 International Peace Light from Bethlehem cannot be flown to the united States. However, local Scouter Bob Granchie, a member of the Youngstown Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Whispering Pines District Chaplain in Mahoning County, has maintained the 2019 International Peace Light at his home since last year.

The Peace Light is a continuous flame and originates in the grotto where the Christ child was born in Bethlehem and is delivered by a young Austrian child to the Austrian Airlines where it is placed in two blast proof miners lamps and flown from Tel Aviv, Israel to Vienna, Austria. Here the light is then distributed throughout 20 European countries and overseas, including North America, via land routes and the Austrian Airlines as a symbol of peace.

The Great Trail Council is looking for additional locations to host the Peace Light to make it available to more people in the community. It would require only that you give it a suitable place of residence within your location. Any ceremonies, rites or programs may be performed at your option to honor this Light of Peace from Bethlehem.

For information, questions or to offer to host the Peace Light contact Mike Kupec, Mahoning and Trumbull County Peace Light Coordinator, at 330-519-3988 or mike.kupec@gmail.com or Bob Granchie at bobgranchie@sbcglobal.net.

Peace Light details and more information can be found at www.peacelightnorthamerica.org or the Peace Light North America Facebook page.

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