Lovefeast, Sunday, December 5, 2021

The annual Wake Forest Lovefeast is one of our most cherished traditions. This year, Wake Forest held an in-person Lovefeast reception and service for Wake Forest faculty, staff, students and University guests on December 5.

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This event is first come, first seated. When Wait Chapel reaches capacity, simulcast viewing will be available in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center. In compliance with campus policy, masks must be worn indoors at all times, including when the congregation is singing.

We invite the Winston-Salem community and alumni near and far to join us remotely via the livestream at lovefeast.wfu.edu for the 7:10 p.m. prelude and 7:30 p.m. service. If you’d like, join along by preparing your own Lovefeast at home. Whether it’s a simple meal or traditional Moravian buns and sweetened coffee, the feast we share from a distance will connect us in love and the spirit of the season.

We hope you will join us as the radiance of this night becomes the light within the darkness of the world.

*In an effort to prioritize the health of our campus community, the service is open to only students, faculty, staff, local trustees and invited guests, which includes the Winston-Salem State University Choir and their families. This is a first come, first seated event. When Wait Chapel reaches capacity, simulcast viewing will be available in Brendle Recital Hall in Scales Fine Arts Center. In compliance with campus policy, masks must be worn indoors at all times, including when the congregation is singing. 


The 6 p.m. Lovefeast reception on Hearn Plaza is open to all faculty, staff, students and invited guests who are attending the service. This pre-service gathering, lit by luminaries on the Quad, will be an opportunity to mingle without masks (or with a mask, if you choose) and enjoy cider and Moravian cookies.

Following a prelude that begins at 7:10 p.m., the Lovefeast service for the campus community starts at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. Our traditional Moravian-style service features holiday carols, candlelight, thoughtful meditations and spiritual readings from campus leaders. One highlight of the program will be a dual performance by the Winston-Salem State University Singing Rams and the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir. Favorite seasonal selections will be performed by Wake Forest University Choirs and professional instrumentalists.

Community participation

The prelude and service will be livestreamed at lovefeast.wfu.edu. If you are not attending Lovefeast in person, we invite you, your family and loved ones to join us remotely. To brighten your Lovefeast from home, complimentary Moravian candles are available. Members of the Winston-Salem community will have two opportunities to pick up candles:

  • December 1, 11 a.m-1 p.m., in the circle drive at Scales Fine Arts Center, on Wake Forest Campus
  • December 2, 3-6 p.m., in the circle drive at Scales Fine Arts Center, on Wake Forest Campus

Many choose to prepare a Lovefeast at home and enjoy it during the livestream — a “feast” could be traditional buns and coffee or another simple meal. Whether you celebrate in Wait Chapel or from home, the Lovefeast tradition we share connects us in love and the spirit of the season.


Luminaries line Hearn Plaza on the campus of Wake Forest University

The luminaries encircling Hearn Plaza are placed in honor of those who light the path of opportunity for our students, including our Trustees, Giving Society members and donors to the Wake Forest Fund. Warm holiday wishes to all members of the Wake Forest community.


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