THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE FLAME WILL BE BACK THIS DECEMBER!
INTERNATIONAL PEACE FLAME FROM BETHLEHEM
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Isaiah 6:2, quoted in Matthew 4:16
This flame originated in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel, the traditional place of Jesus’ birth. Lamps have burned continuously on that site for over 1000 years. A Boy Scout is chosen each year to take some of that ancient flame and transport it to Austria. From there, other scouts carry the flame to their own countries.
Early in December, the flame arrives in New York where one scout after another will carry it across the United States to congregations from coast to coast. Congregations who use this symbolic flame on Christmas Eve for their candlelight services join thousands of other congregations around the world using this same millennia old flame. It is a symbol of our unity and this flame represents the birth of the Prince of Peace.
In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Check back here in December to get details about when the flame will be in Orange. You'll be able to see the flame for yourself, join in as we sing carols at the Plaza in Old Towne Orange and have an opportunity to take the flame home with you!
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Looking for a way to help out in Orange? We are looking for people to help with the restoration of the Plaza Nativity.
Have you see the Plaza Nativity Scene that is put up in Old Towne Orange during Christmas Season? Over the past 20 years, this nativity has been stored, maintained, set-up and taken down by a small group of people. Because it is well loved by our community every year, we're starting to see the wear and tear from it being on display. It’s starting to look a bit shabby.So shabby in fact, we’re going to be evaluating what can be repaired and what needs to be replaced. Replacement of the entire set would will cost thousands of dollars.
If you would like to donate to the cause, we would very much appreciate any help you can give.
Make your checks out to: “Orange Nativity Scene”
Send them to: Dan Slater
1537 East Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866
"Thank you in advance for your help! I know how loved this Orange tradition is." - former Mayor Carolyn Cavecche