Moravian College Vespers 2012

Moravian College Christmas Vespers 2012

PLEASE NOTE: ALL SERVICES HAVE BEEN FILLED. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE (TICKET NOT REQUIRED).

Christmas Vespers is a wonderful opportunity for the campus community to share in the beautiful candlelight ceremony that is distinctive of the Moravian tradition. Music by our students combines with the beauty of the Liturgy in this service of worship for the College community and friends. 

• Friday, November 30, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, December 1, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, December 2, 5 p.m.
• Friday December 7, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, December 9, 5 p.m.

If you are attending the Christmas Vespers services we have a few tips to keep in mind.

TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Vespers is a ticketed event held for the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary community. Tickets are being sent during the week of November 12-16. If you don't receive your tickets one week prior to the service, please contact Kathi Roman at 610 625-7880 or email: katro@moravian.edu

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian.

VOLUNTEERING

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to serve as tray bearers and candle servers.  The slots are almost filled but we are still seeking tray bearers and candle servers for the following services:

  • Friday, November 30 at 8:00 pm – 1/2 alternate team
  • Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 pm – 2 alternate teams
  • Friday, December 7 at 8:00 pm – 1 team and 2 alternate teams
  • Saturday, December 8 at 8:00 pm – 1/2 alternate team
  • Sunday, December 9 at 5:00 pm – 4 teams and 2 alternate teams

Volunteers are asked to arrive 1½ hours before the service begins.  If interested, or know of someone who might be, please contact me as soon as possible at 610 861-1509 or matuczinskim@moravian.edu

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

If you are attending Vespers at Central Moravian Church, please consider taking the ADA accessible bus from the Haupert Union Building to the church. The shuttle will run every 20 minutes starting at 6:45 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday Services. Return buses will begin at 9:15 p.m. and run every 20 minutes. For Sunday’s service, the shuttle will begin running to the church at 3:45 p.m. Return service to the HUB will start at 6:15 p.m.

This year, parking will be available in the lot under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, now that Christkindlmarkt is located at the Steelstacks on Bethlehem’s south side.

VIDEO

TV-13 Blue Ridge Cable will be videotaping for broadcast the Vespers Service on Sunday, December 2. The broadcast will air on Pennsylvania Cable Network on Christmas (dates, time TBA)

ABOUT VESPERS

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.

In 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.

The beloved hymn “Morning Star,” traditionally sung with a child soloist, was composed in 1836 by Francis Florentine Hagen, a member of the Moravian Theological Seminary Class of 1835.


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Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian.