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Published April 12th 2015
Peace in many languages
Peace and good will to all men is a mantra often repeated. Yet we still see continual conflict throughout the world. A project by the Australian Council of Churches seeks to unite people of many faiths with the Peace Lamp initiative. The Peace lamp Is made in Taybeh, a small village in the West Bank. Peace is a theme of Palm Sunday, just before Easter. Many churches and others use this time to focus on peace and get their own Peace Lamp for their church and/or home.
The village of Taybeh The village of Taybeh is one of the few predominantly Christian villages left in Palestine. Living amidst Muslim villages, Israeli settlements and military roadblocks. Taybeh is located 14 kilometres north east of Ramallah, inside the occupied West Bank Territories.
The site is mentioned in the Bible. Taybeh is biblical Ephraim where Jesus sought refuge shortly before his crucifixion. A tradition says Jesus told the villagers a parable relating to the pomegranate, whose sweet seeds are protected by a bitter membrane: to reach the sweetness of his Resurrection Jesus had to go through the bitterness of death. The pomegranate appears as a motif in religious art in Taybeh.
The Peace Lamp initiative, which was launched ten years ago, makes use of an abundant local product – olive oil – to promote peace and justice in the Holy Land. The project is run by the Olive Branch Foundation, the olive tree itself being a symbol of peace and prosperity. The olive industry is an integral part of Palestinian tradition, identity and economy and in the occupied Palestinian territories the olive oil industry makes up to 25% of the region's agricultural income. The lamps are produced in a workshop in Taybeh, providing jobs for 20 young men and women.
A Peace Lamp for your Church and/or Home The goal is to place a Peace Lamp, with accompanying olive oil and a small candle, in every single church in the world, and to unite as many Christians and people of faith in a common prayer for peace in the Holy Land.
The large peace lamp has Peace written on it in 10 different languages: PAZ Spanish PAX Latin Hebrew שלום Мир Russian PACE Italian FRIEDE German Ειρήνη Greek PAIX French مﻡاﺍلﻝسﺱ Arabic Peace English. The Peace Lamps are available to order in Adelaide in a large or small model.
Peace Lamp: Large model $44 p&p (includes cup and candles)
Designed to decorate churches and chapels – or offices and homes. The word 'Peace' is painted into the side of the traditionally shaped Eastern lamp in ten different languages. Size: 27cm long.
Glass cup and 2 tea light candles (as pictured) also available separately for $4.00.
Peace Dove: Small Dove Model $20 p&p The small dove has the shape of two hands on the sides, with the Jerusalem Cross painted on the tail. Size: 15 cm long.
Order Forms and Information Sheet - www.sacc.asn.au
Cost:Peace Lamp: Large model $44 p&p (includes cup and candles) Designed to decorate churches and chapels – or offices and homes. The word 'Peace' is painted into the side of the traditionally shaped Eastern lamp in ten different languages. Size
Good news about the Peace lamps.
Due to the very high number of sales of Peace Lamps recently, we were able to send a donation of $1,000 as surplus from sales, back to Taybeh, Palestine, in time for Easter. Thank you all who have bought or promoted Lamps. The donation will go towards the Centre for the Elderly in Taybeh.