Media Advisory: The 49th Lovefeast: A Wake Forest Holiday Tradition

Who and What: Since 1965, Wake Forest University has annually held a lovefeast, a unique tradition of the Moravian community. More than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will gather for the 49th annual Christmas Lovefeast – the largest single lovefeast in North America – and candlelight service (2012 video).

Luminaries will line Hearn Plaza and Christmas decorations will adorn the Chapel. The service will include a message by Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh, with music by the concert choir, handbell choir, flute choir, and Messiah Moravian Church Band.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University

Cost: The Lovefeast service is free and open to the public.

The Origins of the Lovefeast
The first lovefeast was served in Germany on August 13, 1727, following the renewal of the Moravian Church. The Lovefeast is not the sacrament of Holy Communion. It is styled after the common meal partaken in love and fellowship by the early church (described in the book of Acts) prior to their celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

About Wake Forest University

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