Our annual Moravian Love Feast, a joyous holiday service of spectacular music, readings and sharing of fellowship, food and drink, has been a UUCA tradition for more than 50 years.
The music will feature a very special Brass ensemble, along with our Phoenix Choir singing the beloved “O Holy Night.”
Love feasts originated in the first gatherings of Christians, consisting of worship accompanied by the ritual serving of bread and wine to affirm the kinship and community of the worshipers. From the second century on, the love feast became separated from the worship service and was held in homes or churches, usually in the evening. By the eighth century, the feast had all but disappeared, but in 1727, the love feast appeared again in the Moravian Church in Eastern Europe. The Moravians, who frowned upon the use of alcohol, substituted coffee or chocolate for wine in the ritual sharing. In this country, the first Christmas love feast was held in Salem N.C. in 1771, and we held our first love feast in the 1960s when a UUCA member of Moravian descent introduced it to our congregation.
Tickets will be on sale in the Social Hall beginning November 19. You can purchase tickets each Sunday morning and Wednesday evening leading up to the event. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for senior adults, $5 for children under 18, and $25 maximum per family. Childcare is available if reserved at uuca.org one week in advance.