I am presently in St. Paul, Minnesota. I grew up in the Twin Cities.
Christmas Eve has been busy. I didn’t have a morning Mass, so I went over to the chapel as the 8 am was ending. Someone was interested in serving a "Tridentine" Mass, and so with a few people in the chapel, the Sacrifice was renewed.
There were confessions for a couple hours today. Many penitents kept the three of us busy even after the scheduled time, as is usual around here.
At St. Agnes 1st Vespers are sung in the afternoon in Gregorian chant followed by a Latin High Mass (Novus Ordo). At 9:30 pm Matins will be sung in Gregorian chant. The Office of Readings is used from the Liturgia horarum and all of it is sung, including the stupendous reading from the Christmas sermon of St. Pope Leo the Great.
Midnight Mass is preceded by about 45 minutes or so of Christmas carols by the orchestra and chorale. There will be a procession to the crib with il Bambino and one of the altar boys, the 1st Master will vest in a Franciscan habit as he gives the Infant Jesus to the priest to be lain in the manger. After the procession I will probably go down to the chapel and celebrate the first Mass of Christmas with the 1962 Missale.
On Christmas priests can say three Masses.
I will have the noon Mass on Christmas.
I will keep you readers and participants of WDTPRS in my prayers at my Christmas Masses. I am especially grateful for the way you have made this blog so well known and interesting. My special thank go out to those who have recently sent me items from my wish list and who have made donations. Each time something comes along it is a great boost to morale.
To everyone I wish a holy and happy Christmastide.