OSAGE | For the second year, the Osage United Methodist Church will provide access to the Peace Light of Bethlehem, and invites citizens to light candles from its flame.

The lighted candle is now in the foyer of the church’s education wing on the southeast side of the church, and can be accessed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until New Year’s Day.

It marks the second year that the Osage UMC has brought the light from Des Moines. Those seeking the flame should bring a lantern, oil lamp or candle in a protective container to safely transport the flame to its destination.

The Iowa Religious Media Services has again joined forces with the Mid-Iowa Council of the Boy Scouts to make the Peace Light available throughout Iowa.

In early December an Austrian Scout traveled to Bethlehem, where six, blast-proof miner's lamps were lit from the flame that has burned for over 1,000 years in the Grotto of the Nativity, thought to be the place of Jesus' birth.

That light was then taken to Vienna where three of the lamps are now distributing the light throughout Europe and western Asia. The remaining three lamps were flown to New York City via Tyrolean Airlines. Upon arrival, a brief ecumenical service was held in Our Lady of the Sky Chapel in Kennedy Airport before volunteers began to spread the light across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The light arrived in Des Moines on Dec. 15 and had already been shared throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota before arriving in Des Moines and continued to Nebraska, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

The Osage UMC is located at 819 Main St. in Osage.

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