Every year, Our Lady of the Skies Chapel is participating in welcoming the Peace Light from Bethlehem to the United States.
The Peace Light from Bethlehem is a continuously-burning flame, originating from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. It is meant to promote peace, harmony and unity among the people of the world regardless of race, ethnicity or religion.
Each year, a child from Upper Austria fetches the light from the grotto in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. The light is carried in two blast-proof miners lamps on an Austrian Airlines jet from Tel Aviv Israel to Vienna 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. Austrian Airlines then flies the miners lamps containing the Peace Light from Bethlehem to New York City. The goal of this web site is help the light spread like the branches of a huge tree rooted in New York and spreading across the continent.
This year's Welcoming Ceremony of the Peace Light from Bethlehem to the United States will take place on Friday, December 6 about 3:30 PM. The Peace Light will travel on Austrian Airlines flight #87 and is scheduled to arrive at 2:30 PM at JFK airport.