For the fourth year in a row, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Washington, N.C., will host a Moravian Christmas Lovefeast in mid-December. It's a service of carols, accompanied by a special blend of coffee and a lightly sweetened bun.
A Lovefeast seeks to strengthen the bonds and spirit of harmony, goodwill and congeniality, as well as forgive past disputes and encourage love for one another. Moravians traditionally host the service/meal on special occasions, and Grace has chosen Christmas to do so.
Traditionally the dieners (German for "server") serve the coffee in mugs and the bread is passed in a basket. The choir sings an anthem as the congregation eats and drinks. The service ends with the lighting of hand-fashioned beeswax candles trimmed with a red ruff, symbolizing Christ's blood, shed for the salvation of the world.
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