Photos from the Relay for Life “Luminaria” Ceremony

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Last night I stopped down for the Luminaria ceremony of the Relay for Life at Gloucester High School in the Newell Stadium.  On one hand, I wanted to be there in memory of friend and family members who have died from cancer (including my maternal grandmother and a high school classmate). On the other, I knew it would be a great opportunity for some inspirational photography…

Here’s an explanation from the Relay for Life website (with my photos from yesterday):

“Simple white luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each one is personalized with the name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.  Each luminaria candle represents a person.  They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers and so much more!

As the sun sets at a Relay For Life event, luminaria lining the track illuminate the night and a hush falls over the event that had been filled with the sounds of celebration. Relay For Life participants, survivors and caregivers then gather together for the Luminaria Ceremony to remember loved ones lost to cancer and to honor those who have battled the disease.

As participants walk the track lined with luminara bags in reflection, a caregiver who has lost a loved one may find comfort from a fellow caregiver who has faced a similar loss. Meanwhile, a survivor gains hope and strength from others who have followed the same journey and survived. All resolve to keep fighting to save more lives so no more luminaria bear the names of those lost to the disease.”

I don’t know the details of how the relay works, but there are clearly different teams who are camping out.  They set up campsites with different themes and decorations. Here are a couple:

Click here for the full-size slideshow. There are a few pics not included elsewhere this post.

-Fr. Matthew Green

One comment

  • Relay for Life
    10th.Lumination of Faith & Love

    By Peter A. Todd 06/15/ 2012

    We join once more in Faith and Love
    For the cause of seeking an end to pain
    In loving memory of those in Jesus promise above
    To celebrate the survival of those gathered have gained
    Hand to Hand and hearts and souls
    We unite within this circle of Hope and devotion
    That a cure will be found that we may reach the goal
    Through this time of gathered faith and emotions
    For each candle is illuminated by memories of love
    That will be treasured through our nights and days
    We give praise to God in Heaven above
    As it is our Faith that guides the way
    Within this relay we know Cancer will be beat
    For we have come a long way in the past ten years
    For each step we take and new friends to meet
    We will put an end to all suffering and fear

    In loving memory of my mother Ida M. Putaansuu

    1917 1954

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