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Community invited to annual Lovefeast at Wake Forest

November 13, 2007

Wake Forest University will hold its 43rd Annual Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Wait Chapel.  According to the organizers, the event, which draws more than 2,000 attendees, is the largest single lovefeast hosted in North America.

The event is free and open to the public.

The service is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain, and the guest speaker will be Edwin G. Wilson, provost emeritus at Wake Forest.  It will feature music by Wake Forest’s Concert, Handbell and Flute Choirs and a traditional Moravian Band.  The congregation will be invited to sing carols and the traditional Moravian song “Morning Star” with the choir.  Participants will receive a beeswax candle to be lit at the end of the service, and 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, and carilloneurs Lauren Bradley, Evelyn Eisele and Raymond Ebert will play before and after the service. 

Monetary contributions will be accepted at the service for the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund.

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.  A Wake Forest student initiated the lovefeast at the university in 1965.

For more information, call (336) 758-5210.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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