(This April 9 story corrects title of the Rev. Chaz Snider to chair of the Salem Congregation Board of Elders; corrects to show that the service is sponsored by 12 Moravian congregations)
Worshippers attend a sunrise service God’s Acre graveyard at Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. in this photo taken in 2010. Courtesy of Thomas J. Haupert via REUTERS
By Rich McKay
(Reuters) – Every Easter Sunday for almost 250 years, residents of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have been awakened by small groups of musicians playing the hymn “Sleepers, Wake,” before the Home Moravian church’s sunrise service.
Not this year.
The groups of trumpeters and tuba players that proceeded through the streets during the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World Wars One and Two have been silenced this year because of the novel coronavirus.
“We are grief-stricken,” said the Rev. Ginny Tobiassen, the 60-year-old pastor of the Home Moravian church, which is part of a Protestant…
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