Moravian College Christmas Vespers 2019
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. All guests, including children, must have a ticket to attend the service. Donors of $150+ are guaranteed two tickets to a Moravian College Vespers Service the following fund year (e.g., donors who made a gift between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 will receive tickets for Vespers in December 2019). Tickets will be sent the week of November 11. If you don't receive your tickets one week prior to the service, please contact us at 610-625-7880.
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 Lisa Brand at email@example.com or call 610-625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact In-Chi Chow-Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-861-1583.
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 6:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday services. Return buses will run until 10:00 p.m. For Sunday’s service, the shuttle will begin running to the church at 3:30 p.m. Return service will run until 7:00 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.
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 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 Lisa Brand at email@example.com or 610-625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian College.