Thousands of people in the UK and around the world send prayers and messages of peace to the region that began in December 2000.
The Holy family is a source of peace, hope, and justice. Praying for support for those who are caught up in violence can help them feel less afraid and more hopeful.
Praying for peace can be done at any time or place – at home, school, work, or even on your phone! Peace messages can be sent by email or text message from a variety of sites including churches and mosques.
The “Christmas Lights” campaign originated in Bethlehem, but the idea spread all over the Holy Land. The project’s organizers – three Christian churches in the Holy Land – had hoped to recruit 75,000 people from all over the world to send messages of peace and love on Christmas Eve 2000.
But as news of their campaign spread by word-of-mouth around the globe, they received a staggering response from more than one million people.
Everywhere from Australia to Scotland, Canada to Kenya, strangers were writing letters and sending them to Bethlehem with messages of peace and hope for the region’s future.
In December 2000, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLFRD) coordinated a series of prayer services in cities all over the world to pray for peace during the Christmas season. This initiative was initiated to show solidarity with people in the Holy Land and Palestine.
This initiative is no longer active, but there are many other organizations that send messages of peace during this time of year.
The messages and prayers of peace for the Holy Land began in December 2000. They were conveyed from Pope John Paul II (then-pope) to be read from churches around the world. The messages and prayers of peace highlighted the urgency for peace in a region where there has never been peace.
Prayer services for Jerusalem and the Holy Land began in December 2000 with a call by Pope John Paul II for people to pray for peace, justice and security in Jerusalem. He called upon all Christians to be vigilant in the face of any threats that might harm the rights, dignity and freedom of Christians or other religious communities living there.
The Holy Land is the region in Middle East which has a long and complex history. The people of this region have been under constant threat from different forces, from the crusades to modern periods. Sending prayers and messages of peace to the Holy Land began in December 2000.
In the year 2000, the Holy Land had seen unrest that led to a need for security and justice. The Christmas season of that year saw people send prayers to the region via e-cards.
The Holy Land has not been known to be peaceful in recent history. In December 2000, there was an uprising that led to a need for security and justice. The Christmas season of that year saw people sending messages of peace and prayers over e-cards.
There is a lot of violence in the world today and we need to devote ourselves to the pursuit of peace.
What distinguishes this act of solidarity with Palestine is that it was carried out at Christmas, a time when Christians remember Jesus’s birth, which was said to have taken place in Bethlehem, just a few miles from Jerusalem on the other side of Israel’s barrier wall.
The Palestinians are among the most vulnerable populations in the region and hope for peace has been one of their few sources of joy amid decades-long occupation.
Prayers and messages of peace are sent to the region in December every year. It all started in December 2000 through the initiative of Rabbi Menachem Froman, who had been working on promoting peace between Israelis and Palestinians for years.