Peace Procession and Vigil
Who: All Who Pray & Yearn for Peace
When: Wednesday, December 15th
Time & Place: 7:00 p.m. at the Dorothy Day House (Address: 620 Belmont Ave.)
Procession: From Dorothy Day to the Federal Building, Downtown
In the hill country they were anxiously awaiting the coming of a word that could relieve them of their suffering, and bring peace to their villages. They are a poor people and powerless in the face of warriors from other countries; they ask only for an end to the night bombings that terrify their children and to the hostilities that have ravaged their country, Afghanistan.
He came as the bearer of good news, “to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives”. (Luke 4: 18) Was He deficient because he didn’t call upon an army to win the day for God’s people? We of Dorothy Day, Youngstown lift up to our neighbors the wonder and awe of a Messiah who truly stood for peace; embodied grace and would not resort to violence even as He endured torture and faced a brutal execution.
Please join us as we gather on the 15th to pray for an end to war and violence, to reconnect Christ’s Gospel of peace and His counter-cultural Kingdom of love with the Advent Season. As we process from the Dorothy Day House to the Federal Building downtown may the light from the candles we carry be a sign of God’s peace. We intend that our reverent procession might be an occasion to reconsider Advent, to consider the relevance of Christ’s Gospel; to set the oppressed free – to end war, abolish state executions, embrace our immigrant sisters and brothers and fight for the victims of human trafficking. Here’s a chance to get beyond the trivialities of “which Christmas greeting to use”, and instead act upon the revolutionary nature of His life and words. We hope you can walk with us as we all endeavor to follow Him.