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This is the God's Acre (from the German "Gottesacker") of Salem Congregation, located in historic Old Salem. It serves the 13 member churches of Salem Congregation: Ardmore, Bethesda, Calvary, Christ, Fairview, Fires, Home, Immanuel New Eden, Konnoak Hills, Messiah, Pine Chapel, St Philips and Trinity.
Do not confuse with the adjacent private, Salem Cemetery".
Reflecting Moravian beliefs, the simple, recumbent headstones in God's Acre reflect the equality of the dead in God’s sight. The deceased are buried chronologically in the order in which they are “called home to be with the Lord.” Men, women, and children are buried
separately, continuing the “choir system” of Saxony, which divided a congregation into groups according to age, sex, and marital status so that each individual might be cared for spiritually according to their differing needs. Thus, women, men and children are buried in in their "choir" section rather than with their earthly families.
Each year, on the Saturday before Easter, members of the Salem Congregation churches
scrub the stones and decorate each grave with flowers in preparation for the Easter Sunrise Service, continuing a tradition begun in 1735 in Herrnhut, Saxony, and first observed in Salem in 1772.