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Moravian University Christmas Vespers 2021

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 University community and friends.

The dates for the 2021 Christmas Vespers Live Viewing services are:

  • Friday, December 3,   8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 4,   8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 5,   5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 10,   8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 11,   8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 12,   5:00 p.m.

We have the opportunity to share the traditional Moravian candlelight worship services on six evenings in December where we will join others in person. Music performed by Moravian students, in concert with the choir and musical ensembles, will usher in the holiday season for the Moravian community. 

With the health and safety of our alumni, students, and friends as our top priority, tickets will be limited for services. If you wish to have your name added to a waiting list to receive tickets, please register for the Vespers ticket waiting list using the link below. Tickets are not guaranteed. You may request a maximum of 2 tickets.

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 4:00 p.m. or by email at brandl@moravian.edu. We look forward to sharing the Christmas Vespers services with you.


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.


If you wish, please view the 2020 Christmas Vespers Performance below.


 

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 brandl@moravian.edu or (610) 861-1338 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian University.