On the same day that the Olympic Flame passes through Glastonbury another flame will be lit for the first time.
This will be when a new Glastonbury Peace Candle is presented as a gift to The Queen from the people of Glastonbury in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.
This iconic new masterpiece in bronze which was four years in the making symbolises the universal light of peace, love and compassion.
The design began as a commission for a Paschal Candleholder in wood for Winchester Cathedral and celebrates Christ’s resurrection which is an unusual theme in church art.
It depicts the Holy Trinity and can be read from the ground up. God the Father is the eternal, infinite and invisible; and is represented by the base which is a perfect circle - the ground of all being. The figure of the risen Christ which is without any individual features of gender, race or age and represents all humanity offers up the Holy Spirit or Dove of Peace to the world in up-stretched arms. So the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is shown representing a universal message of peace, love and compassion.
The artist who lives locally, said, “It’s a fitting gift coming from Glastonbury, the cradle of our Christian tradition, which is now also as a centre for many other great spiritual traditions which practice tolerance and peace.”
The Peace Candle will be presented to Lady Gass, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset by the Mayor of Glastonbury in a ceremony at the Town Hall on the morning of 22ndMay, and it will be on display in Glastonbury Abbey from Friday 1stJune throughout the weekend of the Jubilee Celebrations.