Wake Forest to hold annual Lovefeast services Dec. 2

Wake Forest hosts its annual Christmas Lovefeast celebration in Wait Chapel on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The candles are lit and slowly brighten the entire chapel.

Wake Forest University will hold their annual Lovefeast services in Wait Chapel on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Wake Forest Lovefeast celebrates the unique traditions of the Moravian community in Winston-Salem.

The earlier service will be abbreviated and last about one hour. Rather than a sermon, the Christmas story will be told. The traditional evening service will last about 90 minutes.

The services are free and open to the public. The seating is first-come, first-serve.

A lovefeast is a service dedicated to Christian love and seeks to remove social barriers, encourage reverence and respect for the legitimate rights of all people. Luminaries will line Hearn Plaza and Christmas decorations will adorn the chapel.

Both services will be streamed live here.

Moravian student Jane Sherrill Stroupe (‘67) organized the first Wake Forest Lovefeast in December 1965. Two hundred students gathered to celebrate the traditional meal of a sweetened bun and creamed coffee.

Since then, the Wake Forest Lovefeast has grown to be one of the biggest Moravian-style lovefeasts in North America and one of Wake Forest’s most cherished traditions for more than 50 years.

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