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Moravian College
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Vespers

Christmas Vespers is a wonderful opportunity for the campus community to share in the beautiful candlelight service 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.

TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATIONS

Vespers is a ticketed event held for invited guests of the Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary community. Tickets are usually mailed during the first week of November. 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 brandl@moravian.edu or call 610-625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian. 

VOLUNTEERING

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to serve candles, please contact Michelle Curry at currym02@moravian.edu or call 610-861-1583.

Thank you to those of you who volunteered in the past to serve as tray bearers and candle servers. Volunteers are asked to arrive 1½ hours before the service begins and do not need tickets.

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 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 brandl@moravian.edu or 610-625-7880 at least one week prior to visiting Moravian College.