In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.
Over its 500-plus year history, the Moravian Church has developed unique, deeply-held traditions. The Lovefeast, the Moravian Star, beeswax candles, special services, music and lore all help make up the rich heritage of the Moravian Church. Many of these customs arose from expressions of faith and worship of early Moravians; they continue to have significance in how Moravians live into their love of Christ. Here are just a few:
At Moravian churches across the Northern and Southern Provinces, Easter morning is an especially wondrous time. In the sometimes chilly early morning, Moravians greet the rising sun in their God’s Acres, with hymns, horns and a resounding, “The Lord has risen… The Lord has risen indeed!”
According to an article from the Northern Province Moravian Archives’ series “This Month in Moravian History,” the traditions of the Sunrise Service date back 280 years.
In the early morning of Easter Sunday 1732 the young men of Herrnhut, Germany, gathered in the cemetery on the hill overlooking their Moravian community to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. It was the first Moravian sunrise service. The next year the service was held for the entire congregation. The Easter morning sunrise service has become one of the characteristic liturgical traditions in the Moravian Church.
Tuesday, March 11 — Psalm 35:1-10
Exodus 17:1-18:6; Matthew 22:41-23:12
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,Â and his ears are open to their cry. Psalm 34:15
Jesus says, "And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them." Luke 18:7-8
Lord, we know that you answer our prayers; yet we struggle between prayer and answer. Teach us patience to wait upon your will; grant us serenity to abide. Help us to understand the righteousness of your time and timing. Amen.
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