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December 21, 2018

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

WFU Quad in the snow

Photo by Ken Bennett

 

EDITORS' PICKS

Lovefeast: A beloved tradition

Like Wait Chapel’s steeple, many campus traditions stand steady through time, pointing us to our best selves and bonds of community. On Dec. 2, a message at Wake Forest rang out again, as it has every year for more than half a century: “Morning Star, O cheering sight! Ere Thou cam’st how dark earth’s night.” In fellowship, our students, faculty, staff and friends from the area raised their lighted candles to the heavens and sang the Moravian hymn of hope. Lovefeast had come again.

At Wake Forest the tradition began in 1965 when Jane Sherrill Stroupe (’67) 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 thousands of people to worship, sing and cast their eyes on the Moravian Advent Star illuminated in darkness. Each person lights a neighbor’s candle, down the line. University Photographer Ken Bennett and Riley Herriman (’22) captured the beauty of the event in these photos. And do you wonder whether 95-year-old Mary Dull still makes those candles? She does indeed. Here’s an encore story about how she gets chills thinking about Lovefeast.

Enjoy the peace of the season,

Maria Henson

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

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