Christmas Eve midnight vigil remembers Victoiria’s homeless

The vigil gives participants a chance to slow down and reflect in the quiet of winter.

  • Dec. 23, 2013 5:00 p.m.

While most Island families will be tucked away in warm, cozy beds this Christmas Eve, local homeless advocate Rev. Al Tysick is encouraging citizens to join him in a midnight candlelit vigil for Canada’s poor on the legislature steps.

The vigil begins at 11:45 p.m., giving participants a chance to slow down and reflect in the quiet of winter.

“It’s easy to lose sight of what matters at this time of year,” Tysick says. “That’s why it’s important to come together and remember those in our city and nation who have died because of homelessness, or who are still suffering in poverty – those who don’t have as much. I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas Eve.”

Tysick is asking people to bring their own candles. “We’ll carry these lights as a reminder that though we are just one person, we can still make a significant difference in a dark, and often unjust, world.”

This year, Tysick and the Dandelion Society’s vigil will give participants 13 minutes of silence in order to remember the poor in each of Canada’s provinces and territories.

“It doesn’t have to be like this,” he says. “Which is one of the reasons vigils like this one are so important. By coming together to remember, we commit to a brighter future.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Victoria Flamenco Festival goes virtual for 2020 event

The show will go online from July 23 to 26

Metchosin bird card project finds its wings

On display at Metchosin ArtPod from July 10 to 12

UVic research team creating virus-resistant washbasins for post-pandemic world

Civil engineer Rishi Gupta hopes basins will be installed in public spaces

Walk for Peace takes a virtual turn for Victoria Hospice

Residents can still register for Gordy Dodd’s 11th annual fundraiser

United Way Greater Victoria launches Hi Neighbour program in Esquimalt

Feedback sought from residents about funding for micro community projects

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

First glimpse of Canada’s true COVID-19 infection rate expected mid-July

At least 105,000 Canadians have tested positive for COVID-19 since the coronavirus was identified

Annual music event in Comox Valley celebrates online instead

Vancouver Island MusicFest holds virtual celebration set for July 10

Police ramp up efforts to get impaired drivers off B.C. roads this summer

July is dedicated to the Summer CounterAttack Impaired Driving Campaign

Migrant workers stage multi-city action for full status amid COVID-19 risks

‘COVID-19 has exacerbated an existing crisis’

Okanagan school drops ‘Rebels’ sports team name, citing links with U.S. Civil War

Name and formerly-used images “fly in the face” of the district’s human rights policy, says board chair

PHOTOS: B.C.’s top doc picks up personalized Fluevog shoes, tours mural exhibition

Murals of Gratitude exhibit includes at least one portrait of Henry alongside paintings of health-care workers

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Buffeted by invisible forces and just plain worn out, the United States of America celebrates its 244th birthday

Most Read