Candles for LoveFeast

The Magic of Lovefeast at Wake Forest

The Magic of Lovefeast at Wake Forest

Wake Forest University’s Lovefeast, one of the most cherished traditions on campus, brings people of many backgrounds together in a way that few customs can. Traditionally a Moravian holiday, Lovefeast has grown to include all denominations and is a cherished time of connection and reflection welcoming alumni, parents, friends and many others from near and far. Started at Wake Forest by a student in 1965, this tradition conjures fond memories for many. While much has changed over the years at Wake Forest, the sense of community that defines Lovefeast remains as strong as ever.

Lit up Moravian star
The Carillon Bells

Hear the bells as you enter Wait Chapel.

Lighting the candles for Lovefeast
Call to Worship with flickering candle in foreground

The service begins with the Call to Worship. Deacs across the country join via livestream to participate in this tradition from afar.

Call to Worship closeup
Wait Chapel at night

The first Lovefeast for both Landon and Aaron. Always a wonderful service to get our focus on the true meaning of Christmas. #wfulovefeast #thereasonfortheseason


Group of dieners

Just a few of the amazing WFCC folks who served as dieners at the #wfulovefeast


Lovefeast at home collage

Celebrating #WFULoveFeast with our Alumni Club 🎩🕯🎁


Lovefeast at home

Sharing the annual tradition of @wfuniversity #moravianlovefeast from the @wakeforestmuseum #wfulovefeast


Couple in front of Christmas tree

My boo came to visit for the Lovefeast! First Lovefeast since I graduated and my heart is full. 💗🎄#wfulovefeast #wsnc


Lovefeast on TV

Today’s sermon was about not letting our holiday to-do lists get in the way of God’s plans. I’m grateful for the #WFULovefeast livestream so I could participate in this special tradition despite my child’s exhaustion. 🕯☕️🍞


Closeup of choir singing
Lovefeast attendants singing carols

Carols unite the Lovefeast in song.

Dieners passing out coffee and buns
Diener serves buns
Passing out coffee

Sweet coffee and buns are served.

Someone holding the Lovefeast coffee and bun

“Morning Star” plays as the chapel is darkened and candlelight is passed throughout the community.

Two candles together, passing the light
Lovefeast candle closeup

🎇Morning star, oh cheering sight 🎇 #WFULovefeast #christmas #GoDeacs #17thGrade


Wake Washington Lovefeast

#WakeWashington can’t have lit candles so we improvised with #candleapp #WFULoveFeast


Lighting candles at home

Traditions die hard. #wfulovefeast #deacsinnyc #wfualumni

@operamagic (Chris Magiera)

Face with two candles

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the lights” (Aristotle). #wfulovefeast


Group holding Lovefeast candles

#WFULovefeast Sharing the Reason for the Season with alumni, friends and family #WakePalmBeach

@deacbates (David Bates)

Group attending Lovefeast

#WFULovefeast with @WFUSouthHall FYS 🕯🕯🕯@WakeForest most excellent evening to start holiday season


Mother and young daughter at Lovefeast
Attendees lighting candles
Candles with twinkling background
Dr. and Mrs. Hatch singing

The final blessing sends the participants in the Lovefeast out into the world.

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As you go from this place tonight, may you carry the light of hope with you this week. And may that light burn against all the darknesses you encounter. A stubborn light to mark this season of waiting, this season of hope. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Attendees holding candles during the final prayer
Attendees holding up candles