KYIV — On December 20, 2009, in the Ivan Honchar Museum, the Ukrainian Center of Folk Culture, the Bethlehem peace light was passed to Ukrainian Churches and organizations. It was received by representatives of four denominations, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, reports Ukrinform.  

The Bethlehem Peace Light campaign was initiated in 1988 by an Austrian broadcasting company. Its aim is to bring the flame from the symbolic place of birth of Jesus Christ to people celebrating Christmas away from their home, in hospitals, orphanages, etc. It is transported from Bethlehem by plane by Austrian scouts to be passed to other European scouts.

From Austria the light travels to Poland, through Slovakia, and then to Ukraine, where it is taken care of by Plast, the largest scouting organization in Ukraine.

Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Seventh Ecumenical Council

O Christ our God, You are most glorious, * for You established our Fathers as lights upon the earth * and through them led us to the true faith. * O greatly Compassionate One, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The Son Who shone forth ineffably from the Father * was born two-fold in nature. * Beholding Him, we do not refuse the image of his form, * but piously depicting it, we honor it faithfully. * Therefore the Church, holding fast to the true faith, * kisses the icon of the incarnation of Christ. (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Troparia of the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The demons are sleepless and immaterial, death is at hand, and I am weak. Lord, help me; do not let Your creature perish, for You care for me in my misery.

St. Peter of Damascus