Skip to main content

PCN to Air Moravian College Christmas Vespers Statewide

Program to air on Pennsylvania Cable Network, Blue Ridge Cable TV-13, & Service Electric TV 2

Moravian College Vespers

Bethlehem, Pa., December 23, 2014—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 program is broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). The program of inspiring choral music will air on PCN affiliate stations on December 24 at 8:30 p.m. For those outside Pennsylvania, the program can be viewed on YouTube at

The program will also air numerous times on BRC TV13 Blue Ridge Communications beginning on Wednesday, December 24 at 8:00 p.m.; and repeated on Thursday, December 25 at 10 a.m., 5 p.m, and 10 p.m. It will air again after Christmas on December 26 at 7 p.m. It will air on Service Electric Cable TV 2 (Lehigh Valley) on Christmas Eve at 9:30 p.m.

The Vespers services, with Paula Ring Zerkle conducting the Moravian Choir and Eduardo Azzati conducting the Women’s Chorus, was recorded on Saturday, December 6, 2014, in Central Moravian Church in historic Bethlehem, Pa., (The Christmas City).

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

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, Moravian is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. The College emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates who are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at