Watch Night 2015: The Crossover!
Reader, knowledge is power! Once again year after year, the links and articles on this blog about "THE WATCH NIGHT SERVICES" are the most searched for articles on this blog. On New Year Eve since the dawn of time black folks have gathered annually to praise God for bringing them safely through another year. The annual Watch Night service for many in the Black Community is a traditional service that has strong roots that go all the way back to the time of slavery.
Watch Night Services in most predominantly black churches start around 9 or 10 p.m. with the first hour being devoted to those giving testimonials of thanks to God for the year past and watching in praying in faith for the future. On January 1st in 1862, the first Watch Night Services were celebrated in Back communities in America.
The WatchNight service can be traced back to gatherings also known as “Freedom’s Eve.” On that night, Black slaves and free blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law.
At the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863; all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as many people fell to their knees and thanked God.