Wake Forest University will hold its 49th annual Lovefeast on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. in the school’s Wait Chapel. The service is free and open to the public.
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 event – the largest single lovefeast in North America – and candlelight service.
Luminaries will line Hearn Plaza and Christmas decorations will adorn the Chapel.
The first lovefeast was served in Germany on Aug. 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. The service will include a message by Wake Forest University Provost Rogan Kersh and music by the concert choir, a handbell and flute choir and Messiah Moravian Church Band.