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PCN to Broadcast Moravian College Christmas Vespers Statewide

Program to air on Pennsylvania Cable Network on Christmas Eve

Vespers CandleBethlehem, Pa., December 19, 2013—Audiences across the state will share in the tradition of Moravian College Vespers, featuring the Moravian Choir and Women’s Chorus, on Christmas eve—when the one-hour program is broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The program of inspiring choral music will air on PCN affiliate stations on Tuesday, December 24 at 10:55 p.m.

The Vespers services, with Paula Ring Zerkle conducting the Moravian Choir and Eduardo Azzati conducting the Women’s Chorus, was recorded by Blue Ridge Communications on Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Central Moravian Church in historic Bethlehem, Pa., (The Christmas City). The program originally aired in 2012 and is being broadcast again on Christmas Eve this year.

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.

Blue Ridge Communications (TV-13) produced the program on behalf of the College as a gift to be enjoyed by the Moravian campus community, the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, and beyond. TV-13 delivers quality local programming to your prospective customers in Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Schuylkill, Northampton, Lackawanna, Berks and Lehigh Counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization created and supported by cable television companies. PCN receives no state or federal funding. Network programming is distributed by participating cable systems in Pennsylvania serving more than 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes. For more information about PCN as well as network channel designations, visit www.pcntv.com.

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.