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Moravian University Christmas Vespers

Moravian University Christmas Vespers 2022

Save the dates: December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11

Last year's Christmas Vespers was a wonderful celebration for the campus community! Together, thousands shared in the beautiful candlelight ceremony that is distinctive of the Moravian tradition. Music by our students combined with the beauty of the Liturgy in this service of worship for the University community and friends. 

Music performed by Moravian students, in concert with the choir and musical ensembles, ushered in the holiday season for the Moravian community. Each year, we look forward to sharing the Christmas Vespers services with you. If you wish, please view the 2021 Christmas Vespers Performance below.

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.


Moravian University 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 Lisa Brand at or (610) 861-1338 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian University.