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Community invited to Wake Forest's Christmas Lovefeast

November 3, 2009

Wake Forest University will hold the 45th traditional Christmas Lovefeast and Candlelight Service at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

Bill Leonard, dean of the Wake Forest School of Divinity, will be the guest speaker. University Chaplain Tim Auman will conduct the service. The Wake Forest Concert Choir, conducted by Brian Gorelick, director of choral ensembles, will provide choral music and lead the congregation in singing carols and the traditional Moravian song, "Morning Star."

Dan Locklair, Wake Forest composer-in-residence and professor of music, will play for the service, as well as a traditional Moravian band and the university’s handbell and flute choirs.  University carilloneur Lauren Bradley and guest carilloneurs Kathryn Rohrer, Raymond E. Ebert and Teresa Tang will perform, too.  Rohrer and Tang are Wake Forest students; Ebert and Bradley are graduates.

Members of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity will place luminaries around Thomas K. Hearn Jr. Plaza. Inside the chapel, each person will receive a beeswax candle to be lit at the end of the service. More than 50 students and faculty will serve coffee and Moravian buns. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain.

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.  It was initiated by a student, with help from the Office of the Chaplain.

Those attending the service may make monetary contributions to the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund. For more information, call 758-5210.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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