Moravian Easter Sunrise Service Videos
EXPERIENCE EASTER: 2018 Television Spot (30 seconds)
GREAT SABBATH: The day between Good Friday and Easter is called "Great Sabbath" by Moravians. This is a day when families and members of churches gather at God's Acre to clean and decorate all the gravestones. In Moravian cemeteries, all the simple markers are the same size and shape, indicating equality of all believers in death. There are no family plots, since we are all part of God's family. Moravians are buried by "choirs," based on age and marital status. (5 min, 17 sec)
240th SUNRISE SERVICE VIDEO: A short sample of what it is like to attend the historic Moravian Easter Sunrise Service in Winston-Salem, NC. Starting in 1772, this service has been held every year in Salem, a community settled by the Moravians. Thousands gather in Salem Square in the dark before dawn to prepare for the service. Bands play throughout the night in different parts of town to awake the sleepers and call residents to the service. Just a few moments before the first light appears in the sky, the presiding minister will announce: "The Lord is risen!" and the crowd responds, "The Lord is risen indeed!" After the singing of hymns and a liturgy of faith, the entire crowd processes in prayerful silence to God's Acre, the Salem Moravian cemetery. There, the service concludes with hymns of resurrection as the sun rises in the east. This video was recorded in 2012, at the 240th Easter Sunrise Service. (6 min, 30 sec.)
WHAT DO MORAVIANS BELIEVE? A short video profiling the Moravian view of Christian faith.
WHEN AND WHERE
The 247th Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2019, beginning at 6:00 AM and will be led by The Rev. Chaz Snider, pastor of Ardmore Moravian Church. Worshipers will gather in front of Home Moravian Church, 529 S. Church Street (at the corner of Academy Street and S. Church Street) in Winston-Salem to begin the service. In reverent procession, worship continues as participants assemble in God's Acre for the conclusion of the service.
Below are some of the areas available for parking during the Easter Sunrise Service:
- Old Salem lot off Salt St. (location of old Visitors Center)
- Old Salem upper Salt St. parking lot
- MESDA lot on east side of lower Main Street at cul-de-sac
- Old Salem Visitors Center parking lot at Walnut Street and Old Salem Road
- Salem College lot on Cemetery Street
- Salem Funeral Home parking lot (First Street between Main and Liberty Streets)
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once you park and walk into Old Salem, you will notice ushers at various locations. These people are available to direct you to your destination as well as answer general questions that you might have. It will be somewhat dark when you arrive and there is a fair amount of walking involved, so plan to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. The dress for this service is casual and strollers and wheelchairs are welcome. If you are with someone in a wheelchair, you may drive into Old Salem near the square to release them and then leave to park your vehicle. Restroom facilities are available at various locations and any usher will be glad to help direct you. Our graveyard regulations do not allow pets in the graveyard or on Cedar Avenue, so please refrain from bringing pets to the service.
There will be a hospitality station in front of the Belo Home at 455 S. Main Street, near the Square. At this station, coffee and Moravian Sugar Cake will be served to the public at no charge.
501 South Main Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101