We hope you’ll join us on Christmas Eve, December 24 for one of our Lovefeast services. Christmas Eve services at Calvary are held at 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, and 8:00 pm.
The early Christians met and broke bread together to signify their union, fellowship and love. In 1727, the Moravian Church revived this practice, and it has established the custom of celebrating the great church festivals by partaking together of a simple meal known as a “lovefeast”. The first lovefeast in Wachovia was held at Bethabara on the evening of the arrival of the first Moravian colonists in North Carolina, November 17, 1753.
The Christmas Eve Lovefeast, with its lighted candles, is one of the most beautiful services of the Moravian Church. The custom originated on the European continent at Marienborn, Germany in the year 1747, and spread throughout the Moravian world. Worshippers are given a lighted candle to remind them that Christ said, “I am the light of the world,” and “You are the light of the world – let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.”
Please plan to arrive early. Many of our services fill up quickly. We hope to you see you there! If you can’t be there in person, you’re also invited to watch online.