Moravian Easter Sunrise Service Videos

248th EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE 2020 service webstreamed during COVID-19 crisis


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.



The 250th Easter Sunrise Service will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2022, beginning at 6:00 AM and will be led by the Rev. John Jackman, Vice Chair of the Salem Congregation Central Boafd of Elders. The Chair, the Rev. Ginny Tobiassen, is recovering from an injury. This year, the service will include worshippers at the St Philips Second Graveyard.


Worshippers are invited to gather in Salem Square before the service - best to arrive early! Boy Scouts will be posted at various points to hand out the liturgy leaflet. The service will begin shortly after 6:00 am. After the intial liturgy, the congregation will process in prayerful silence to the Salem Moravian Graveyard, usually called "God's Acre." There the service will conclude among the equal stones of generations of Moravians as we celebrate and proclaim the resurrection.


There will be no hospitality station in front of the Belo Home this year.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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