Moravian College Vespers 2012

Moravian College Christmas Vespers 2013

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, December 6, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, December 8, 5 p.m.
• Friday December 13, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, December 15, 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 invited guests of the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary community. Tickets are being sent during the week of November 18-22. If you don't receive your tickets one week prior to the service, please contact Anisa Albertson at anisak@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1336.

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 Anisa Albertson at anisak@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1336 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.
Volunteers are asked to arrive 1½ hours before the service begins.

PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION

If you are attending Vespers at Central Moravian Church this weekend or next, please note that parking is limited near the 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 begin at 6:15 p.m.

Parking for Vespers is available under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge, just off of Main Street or in the Walnut Street Garage at 33 W. Walnut Street.

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.