The Anzac Eve Peace Vigil renews an ancient custom of keeping watch in the night, calling the spirit of a community to a sacred purpose.

At 5.30pm, as dusk falls on 24 April we meet on top of Mt Ainslie and each get a handmade lantern.

With lanterns alight we gather round a fire, singing together.

We look over our city, acknowledging the beauty of our country and the wisdom of its custodians through the millennia before us.

Elders welcome us.

We hear laments and love songs.

We remember the terrible cost of war and how much we cherish peace.

And together, we listen into the hope in the 'Spirit Songs' that A Chorus of Women sing every year ...

People, hear the law
of the seeds in your lament
Dark seeds in the fire
humming like a new song growing
Opening with your longing
sprouting in the night
Flowering new songs
old songs the love songs
Lulay Lulay

The Vigil continues through the night ---

Walking into darkness
departing 6.15 pm
from on top of Mt Ainslie

From 6.15pm, walkers begin a lantern-lit procession down the mountain track. The idea is to carry a light down into the darkness of grief. Please note, the walk is only for the sure-footed and personal safety is each person's responsibility. We walk in silence.

Walkers are greeted with community singing at the end of the walk in Remembrance Park before a procession across the road into the War Memorial grounds.

Voices for Peace
About 7.15 pm
Forecourt, Australian War Memorial

We meet round the peace fire for personal storytelling, poetry and song in the forecourt at the front of the Australian War Memorial.

Night Watch
From about 8.30 pm
outside West Block cnr of Anzac Parade and Constitution Avenue, Reid.

Around 8.15pm the lantern lit procession continues down Anzac Parade towards the Lake to a campfire outside West Block for stories, poetry, singing and conversation all through night. Warming soup will be offered, and also after the Anzac Dawn Service next morning. Remember to BYO mug, rug and chair.

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Johanna McBride, Musical Co-ordinator,
A Chorus of Women 0402 050 885

Susanna Pain, Associate Director of Liturgy, the Arts and Spiritual Care,
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 0418 637 469

Graeme Dunstan, Master of Lanterns,, 0407 951 688

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The Anzac Peace Vigil is the fruit of the creative efforts of a circle of friends. We have no government funding, We welcome donations.

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