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Bethlehem, Pa., December 21, 2009—Audiences across the state will share in the tradition of Moravian College Vespers, featuring the Moravian Choir and Women’s Chorus, on Christmas eve and Christmas day—when the one-hour program is broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The program of inspiring choral music will be aired on Pennsylvania Cable Network on December 24 at 8 p.m., and repeated on December 25 at noon.
The program will also air on Blue Ridge Communications (Pocono area) TV-13 on December 24 at 7 p.m., December 25 at 3 p.m., and repeated at 8 p.m. Blue Ridge Communications (Ephrata area) Cable 11 will air the program on Tuesday, December 22 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 23 at 4 p.m.
The Vespers Services, with Paula Ring Zerkle conducting the Moravian Choir and Eduardo Azzati conducting the Women’s Chorus, was recorded in Central Moravian Church last year, through the generosity of Blue Ridge Communications (TV-13). For the fifth time, Blue Ridge Communications has produced the program on behalf of the College as a gift to be enjoyed by the Moravian campus community, the Lehigh Valley, and beyond.
The Vespers service is an expression of two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church, the Singstunde and the Candlelight Service. A Moravian Singstunde (Singing Hour) is a service of music with no preaching. Since the 1720s, Moravians have been known for their worshipful singing. For the service, the music has been carefully selected and arranged to bring the Christmas message without need of a sermon. The Moravian candlelight service originated in 1747 in Marienborn, Germany, when candles with red trimming were distributed at the children’s Christmas service. Bethlehem’s first candle service was in 1756.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.