Last Friday [the 3rd] my family and I went to Bethlehem, PA for their Christmas celebrations that they hold every weekend in Advent. The city was founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by a religious group called the Moravians or Unitas Fratrum. We went on a evening bus tour of the city, walked around their shops, ate at an Irish teahouse and I went to a Putz. They are a pre-Reformation group founded by Jan Hus, a Bohemian priest in the 1400s. Since my father's grandparents are from Bohemia, we were extra inspired to visit.
The highlight of the day was attending the Central Moravian Church's Advent/Christmas service. The Moravians are very big on music and specifically allowing God's word to speak to the congregation through music. It was so heavenly! Their main instruments used in their services are an organ [this church has a pipe with over 3,000 pipes] and brass instruments.
They are also known for their 'Moravian Star' and 'Moravian Candle'. You can see both in the pictures below. The three people are singing the Moravian Christmas Carol Morning Star, which is in my signature line.