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Wake Forest hosts largest lovefeast in North America

November 9, 2006

The community is invited to attend the 42nd Annual Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service hosted by Wake Forest University at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 in Wait Chapel.  The event, which drew fewer than 200 people at its first service, now draws more than 2,000 attendees.  According to organizers, the service is the largest single lovefeast hosted in North America. 

Wake Forest Chaplain Tim Auman will conduct the service assisted by Craig Atwood, theologian-in-residence at Home Moravian Church and Comenius Visiting Professor of Moravian Studies in the Wake Forest Divinity School. 

The service will include music by Wake Forest’s Concert, Handbell and Flute Choirs.  A traditional Moravian Band; Lauren Bradley, university carilloneur; and Raymond Ebert, guest carilloneur, will also perform.  During the service, the congregation will be invited to join in singing carols and the traditional Moravian song, “Morning Star.”

Each participate will receive a beeswax candle to be lit at the end of the service, and following the service more than 50 Wake Forest students, faculty and staff will serve coffee and Moravian buns.  Hearn Plaza will be decorated with luminaries, placed by members of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

The Christmas lovefeast and candlelight service is a custom that originated in Europe in 1747.  The first lovefeast in North Carolina was held on the evening of the arrival of the Moravians at Bethabara in 1753.  Wake Forest began holding an annual Christmas lovefeast on campus in 1965.   

At the service, monetary contributions will be accepted for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund and Campus Kitchen, a food recycling program for the needy at Wake Forest that is affiliated with The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), a national organization.

For more information, call 758-5210.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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