Bethlehem Press

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Press Photos by Tim Gilman The cherished Moravian tradition of holding beeswax candles during Christmas services dates back more than 250 years in Bethlehem. Edgeboro Moravian Church candlemakers Karen Check, Pat Zulli, rear, and Anita Fazakas prepare the handmade tapers for Christmastime. Some 9,000 beeswax tapers are molded and trimmed annually for Moravian churches in the Lehigh Valley, the Northeast, Alaska, the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region. The majority of the beeswax candles are the popular Press Photos by Tim Gilman The cherished Moravian tradition of holding beeswax candles during Christmas services dates back more than 250 years in Bethlehem. Edgeboro Moravian Church candlemakers Karen Check, Pat Zulli, rear, and Anita Fazakas prepare the handmade tapers for Christmastime. Some 9,000 beeswax tapers are molded and trimmed annually for Moravian churches in the Lehigh Valley, the Northeast, Alaska, the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region. The majority of the beeswax candles are the popular
Surrounded by trays of finished beewsax candles, Edgeboro Moravian Church volunteers Betty Stewart and Sharon Bond, both of Bethlehem, trim the six-inch tapers with flame retardant crepe paper which protects the hands of worshippers from dripping wax during holiday services. Red frills are the predominant choice in the Lehigh Valley and has become symbolic of the Surrounded by trays of finished beewsax candles, Edgeboro Moravian Church volunteers Betty Stewart and Sharon Bond, both of Bethlehem, trim the six-inch tapers with flame retardant crepe paper which protects the hands of worshippers from dripping wax during holiday services. Red frills are the predominant choice in the Lehigh Valley and has become symbolic of the "blood of Christ," although it is not part of Moravian sacraments. In other areas of the USA and the world, Moravian Churches use diverse brightly

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