There is a grotto under the church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which is believed to be the site of Jesus' birth.

For more than 1,000 years, oil lamps have continuously burned at the site.

For the last 29 years a child from Austria is selected to fetch the “Peace Light” from one of these lamps. The flame is then used to light two blast-proof miners' lamps, which are then carried aboard an Austrian Airlines jet to Vienna.

Interested people gather in Vienna to light their own lamps from the Peace Light flame. They in turn pass the flame from lamp to lamp, spreading it across Europe.

Since 2004, Austrian Airlines has carried the flame to New York City’s JFK Airport, where people gather to light their own lamps.

From there they spread the Peace Light across North America.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Peace Light will arrive at Lincoln’s Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Drive. People are invited to bring a lantern or candle to light and carry the Peace Light home.

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