Monday, March 11, 2013

The Little Moravians

      A beautiful old custom in the Moravian church, both in Europe and America, is to rise very early on Easter morning and go to the "God's Acre" of the church, there to await the rising sun. "God's Acre," you know, is a beautiful name for the cemetery, which always used to be beside the church. Here beside the long rows and rows of the silent dead the people --children as well as adults--watch for the rising sun, the emblem of life and of the resurrection. As the sun rises, flooding the sky with light and the earth with warmth and gladness, the watchers greet it by singing some of the beautiful and curious old hymns that are an especial inheritance of these people.

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