Star Power: The season is the moment for the Moravians to shine | Lifestyles


Lydian Bernhardt Averitt News & Record Special

Each year during the holiday season, thousands of lights glow in the dark to remind people of hope and beauty. Chances are, most of the stars that spring from doorways and treetops are pointed and distinctive Moravian stars, one of the hottest symbols of Advent.

This lesson in geometry transformed into decoration has become known around the world since it was first performed in Germany in the 19th century, but nowhere is it more special than here in the Triad thanks to the Moravians, the Protestant religious denomination. who founded the Church of Winston-Salem. historic village Old Salem. Over the years, this single star has become the symbol of the church that really knows how to light it.

“The stars are a cherished symbol of the hope and promise of humanity,” said Meredith Cohoon, director of Christian education for the church, recently. “They remind Christians of the Star of Bethlehem, leading seekers to the baby Jesus, but they are relevant to everyone as a reminder of light, hope, promise and direction.”

According to church tradition, the first Moravian stars were created as part of a geometry class at the Moravian Boys’ School in Niesky, Germany, in the 1800s. Instantly popular, this mix of squares, of arcs, lines, and triangles – technically a rhombicuboctahedron – went into mass production and traveled the world with Moravian congregations, eventually revealing themselves in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Winston-Salem, and from there to the Greensboro congregation in 1908.


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