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Moravian University Christmas Vespers


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 performed by our students combines with the beauty of the Liturgy in this service to usher in the holiday season for the Moravian community.

We share the traditional Moravian candlelight worship services on six evenings in December.  Dates for the 2023 Christmas Vespers services are as follows. The waiting list will open on September 1.

  • Friday, December 1, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 2, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 3, 5 p.m.
  • Friday, December 8, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 9, 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 10, 5 p.m.

Community Tickets and Viewing Opportunities

Tickets are limited for the services. The service will also be available via livestream on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 10. Please register to have your name added to a wait list for in-person tickets or to receive the livestream link.

There will be a Vespers preview concert on Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall. The service is open to the public, and tickets are not necessary.

If you have any questions regarding services or viewing access, please contact Lisa Brand at 610-861-1338 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by email at Please do not call to have your name added to the wait list. 

We look forward to sharing the Christmas Vespers services with you!

Past Vespers Service Recording and Program

Please enjoy the recording and program from the 2022 Christmas Vespers service:

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.