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December 18, 2015

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Ken Bennett

EDITORS' PICKS

Lovefeast: A beloved tradition

As the world reeled from unfathomable tragedy in Paris, Beirut, Syria, Colorado and California, a message at Wake Forest rang out again, as it has every year for a half-century: "Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere Thou cam'st how dark earth's night." In fellowship, our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends from the area raised their lighted candles to the heavens and sang the Moravian hymn of hope, a song for these times. Lovefeast had come again.

At Wake Forest the tradition began in 1965 when Jane Sherrill Stroupe ('67, P '97) wanted to share the Christmas ritual of her Moravian community in Winston-Salem. The first Lovefeast drew 200 people to Davis Chapel. Today Wait Chapel overflows with 2,000 people who attend the worship service of scriptures and song, which culminates with all eyes on the Moravian Advent Star illuminated in darkness. Each person then lights a neighbor's candle until points of light fill the chapel -- an exquisite reminder of community and a renewed hope in the unseen. Read more here.

Best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
magazine.wfu.edu

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