The candle for the Second Sunday of Advent is the Peace candle. In the past few years what became known as the Christmas Truce of 1914 has been the topic of songs, movies, documentaries and an opera. It is a moving and strange moment of peace in the midst of what was to be five years of hell. There were Christmas truces in 1915 and a few in 1916 but as the war dragged on and death tools mounted the bitterness and hatred won the day.
Peter Capaldi reads this letter from December 24, 1914:
All the movies, music, documents and stories I have read did not prepared me for this. Dare we even pray for “peace for our time”?
I realize this clip is not a short one but please take the time to play it all.