On December 30, 2021, a representative of the Ternopil Plast handed over a lamp with the Bethlehem Fire of Peace to the staff of I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University. This symbol of faith, peace, love, light and harmony was taken by Professor Mykhaylo Korda, the Rector of TNMU.
For more than twenty years, Scouts of the World, and the members of the Ukrainian National Scout Organization Plast, have been spreading the Bethlehem Fire of Peace, which is constantly burning in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. This fire is a reminder of the Saviour’s coming to the earth. At the end of November, fire from Bethlehem was brought to Europe by plane in a special container by Austrian scouts, and from Vienna it travelled from hand to hand through the so-called “scout relay” throughout Europe. It is transferred from city to city, brought to churches, government agencies. People can light candles at home for the Holy Supper with the fire of Bethlehem. In addition, it is brought to orphanages, hospitals, so that those who are far from their families can feel the warmth of the Star of Bethlehem. Traditionally, the Fire is kept in the church before the Jordan – until January 19. Then it can be quenched.
On behalf of the university staff the rector expressed thanks for this event. He wished peace, all the best and happiness, as well as happy holidays and dreams to come true to the representative of Plast.
All the employees and students of TNMU can light a candle from the Bethlehem fire in the lobby of the administrative building of our university.
Yanina Chaikivska, TNMU Press Secretary
Photos by Mykola Vasylechko