Christmas  Procession for Bethlehem

December 15, 2006
Subject: Christmas  procession for Bethlehem in Washington

"O little town of Bethlehem, how still  we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the  silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the  everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years  are met in thee tonight."

Saturday,  December 23
4:00  PM
Meet  at Lafayette  Park
(16th and Pennsylvania Ave.,  NW)

Mary  and Joseph, with donkey, will lead candle-lit
procession around  White House and National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse

Bethlehem, the city where the birth of  Jesus was heralded with heavenly joy
2000 years ago, is languishing today in the  darkness of a military
occupation.  All its residents, including  Palestinian Christians, are suffering.   

Please help bring light into the  darkness by joining a gathering in support
of Bethlehem.  Our  glowing candles and presence will show our concern and
love for those who  struggle in poverty and isolation.   

"The biblical town is  now walled in by Israel's  West Bank separation
barrier, poverty is deepening, and Christians are leaving  Bethlehem in  droves."  
(AP 12/10/06)
"Our town has become a  prison for those of us who live here; our livelihoods
have been strangled by the  Israeli wall and the restrictions on movement,
which have severed the arteries  which for centuries have sustained our little
town.  It is right that  Christians should know this, and that their prayers in
this season be directed  towards the many people suffering dire poverty in
Bethlehem as a consequence of the Israeli  occupation...Bethlehem needs the
world, and the  world needs Bethlehem. We must not let the wall separate  us."  
(Leila Sansour, Chief Executive, Open Bethlehem, in the Tablet,  12/1/06)

To  find out more about Bethlehem today, see _www.openbethlehem.org_
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Sponsored  by the Ad Hoc Committee for Bethlehem
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