Christmas Masses – An “omnium gatherum”

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  1. jesusthroughmary says:

    We have eight Masses that fulfill the Christmas obligation. 4 pm, 6 pm (with children’s pageant), 8 pm, midnight (preceded by carols at 11:30), 7:30 am, 9 am, 10:30 am, and solemn high TLM at noon. On Christmas Eve, we open one gift after sunset but before midnight Mass, light the advent wreath and the center Christ candle (a tradition we adopted from my wife’s Methodist roots and kept after her conversion), and then go to midnight Mass. I will be singing the propers at the TLM, followed by the usual driving all over creation to share the gift of my beautiful sons (3.5 and 1.5) with the rest of my family.

  2. jesusthroughmary says:

    To the wreath lighting we add the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. I’d like to add First Vespers of Christmas to that, or at least the hymn Jesu Redemptor Omnium. We shall see.

  3. vox borealis says:

    My parish has Midnight Mass, which in Canada is apparently called now Mass During the Night, at 8 pm.

  4. JCP says:

    Christmas Mass During the Day with the in-laws featuring the Folk Group in the trapezoidal parish church of my youth. Yes, mom and dad, I love you that much.

  5. southern orders says:

    Let me just add a disclaimer. I prefer beginning Christmas with the Midnight Mass, even if it has to be at 10:00 PM as though in places very high up, like at the top, think it can be. When I was the M.C. at the Cathedral in Savannah, the first Mass of Christmas was midnight which made Christmas Eve a very special and quiet time of preparation for that Mass. But with that said, our schedule, which I dispise, but have so little control over is:
    4:00 PM–cantor with congregational carols as a prelude–sung as a “high Mass” with incense.
    6:00 PM–children’s choir with Christmas pageant as a part of the homily. all sung, with incense
    8:00 PM–Cantor, sung Mass, no incense for the sensitive
    11:00 PM Carols by choir
    12:00 Midnight–Solemn Sung High Mass in the Ordinary Form, all the bells and smells, totally sung Mass including the Roman Martyrology
    8:00 AM Cantor Mass of Dawn
    11:00 AM Cantor Mass at day (incense)

    I think a universal ruling that the first Mass of Christmas cannot be before 10:00 PM would once again shift the emphasis of Mass going to Christmas Day–but it would take the bishops together in council to do this, or the pope alone. We’re told what time the Easter Vigil can begin (after sun down) why not Christmas Masses?

  6. Andy Milam says:

    At St. Anthony’s in Des Moines, we are having a total of 7 Masses. We are having a 4pm upstairs (OF), 2 Masses at 6pm; one upstairs and one downstairs (both OF), Mass at Midnight (OF), Mass at Dawn (OF), Solemn Mass (Tertia Missa Nativitate) at 9am (EF) Gregorian Chant, Mass at 11am.

    We are currently the only parish in Des Moines that offers the EF. At the 4pm Mass and Midnight Mass, we’ll have a procession of the Bambino. This is a very festive time for the parish. Being the Italian parish, there is always a lot of activity, but it always centers around the Mass. We have Monsignor Frank Chiodo and Fr. Tom Dooley, two of the most orthodox priests I’ve ever met.

  7. irishgirl says:

    My Christmas Mass will be very simple: a Low Mass at 12 noon at the TLM chapel. We will have carols, sung by our ‘tiny choir’ with a procession by the priest and server to the Crib.

    Hopefully the weather will not be miserable-the reports are calling for rain, snow, and sleet. I’m going to dinner after Mass at the home of one of the parishioners, a very kind and generous dentist. He’s serving…prime rib! [ooooo]

  8. Philippus says:

    My daughter Anastasia just got baptized in the Old Rite 2 weeks ago on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. That was the highpoint then. It took so much out of us to plan and such. *Sigh* I wish my family had finalized plans, but it’s quite the opposite. We are still searching for Christmas Day TLM’s around the Northern Virginia area. Anybody know what’s going on?

    Interesting side note: St. Anastasia’s feast day is also December 25th.

  9. j says:

    Boston area Extraordinary Form Masses

    Christmas Eve, 9:00pm, Missa in nocte (translated as Midnight Mass), Sacred Heart, Middleborough, MA. Celebrant, Fr Jason Worthley

    Christmas Eve, 12:00am, Missa in nocte (3), Immaculate Conception, Fitchburg
    IHM Chapel, St Benedict Center, Still, River, MA
    Mary Immaculate of Lourdes, Newton

    Christmas Day
    1:30am Missa in Aurora, St Adelaide, Peabody, MA, Fr Raymond Van de Moortell, Celebrant

    8:00am, Missa in Aurora, IHM Chapel, St Benedict Center, Still River, MA

    9:30am (9:00am Carol sing) Missa in Die, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, Fr Frederick O’Brien, Celebrant

    11:00am Missa in Die, (2) Holy Name of Jesus, Providence, RI, Fr Joseph Santos, Celebrant
    IHM Chapel, St Benedict Center, Still River, MA

    12:00pm Missa in Die, Mary Immaculate, Newton, MA

  10. mattwcu says:

    In Scranton at our FSSP parish we will have a half hour of carols before Midnight Mass (at midnight).

    The Mass itself will be Missa O Magnum Mysterium by Victoria. We will also be singing Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium for Communion, which is incredible. All Gregorian propers will also be sung.

  11. FrCharles says:

    Our Missa in nocte will be at 10 pm, following Roman custom. :) This year is my first chance to preach at the vigil Mass, and hence my first ever opportunity to preach on the genealogy! A blessed Christmas to all!

  12. Bryan says:

    St Augustine in Kendall Park NJ, all ordinary form:

    Christmas Eve:
    4PM Children’s Mass

    Christmas Day:
    Midnight (Carols and Meditations start at 11:30, full smells and bells…in the past, it has been celebrated by +Archbishop Domenico DeLuca (RIP), formerly Nuncio to Morocco, and in the past couple years by +Abp. Celestino Migliore, so..there’s lots of smells and bells to look forward to…)

    While a modern church (consecrated in 1987…), the sanctuary is one of the more proper ones I’ve seen. Large crucifix over the tabernacle where it belongs:

    Fr. Lynam has a taste for decoration, and has collected a large number of relics, as well as the festival chalice consecrated and used by Pope John Paul II (aw well as one of his zuchettos which he presented to the sisters of the Religious Teachers Fillipini at the school, a number of lead seals from the Domus from the last conclave, and some relics of the late Holy Father)…if you’re in the area, it really is a nice parish (even if we do have to suffer through the occasional Haugen or other pop hymn…) to visit or attend Mass.

  13. Mark M says:

    Christmas Masses in Edinburgh
    11.30pm, 09.30am, and 11.30am

    Rev. Fr. John Emerson
    Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

    11.30pm, Gregorian Sung Mass
    St Andrew’s RC Church, 77 Belford Road, Edinburgh
    (Carols from 11.30pm to midnight)

    09.30am, Low (said) Mass
    FSSP Oratory, 6 Belford Park, Edinburgh

    11.30am, Gregorian Sung Mass
    St Andrew’s RC Church, 77 Belford Road, Edinburgh

  14. benyanke says:

    Down at the Cathedral Parish in Madison, WI, we will have Midnight mass at midnight (w/ Bishop).

    We’ll also have a 5:00pm (vigil), 7:00am (TLM), 9:00am, and 11:00am (probably w/ bishop). I believe we’ll carols half an hours before M-night mass, and we’ll have incense, candles, and a million servers at the M-night and 11:00, including most of the masses using the Benedictine altar arrangement (no ad-orentem, except TLM). There’s what it looks like in Maidison.

  15. smallone says:

    Probably going to 8 pm
    OF Mass at our parish with the kids. Earlier just doesn’t seem right but late is hard on all of us!!

  16. pyrosapien says:

    24th on duty at 0800 until 0800 the next day (so I have to miss my daughters singing in the choir)
    25th off duty at 0800, Mass with my son at 0815 (he has altar boy duty)
    26th on duty at 0800 until 0800 the next day

    Please remember police, military, and firefighters in your prayers this Christmas.

  17. Joe Gallaher says:

    For Philippus. Congrats on the baptism of your daughter. My daughter was married on that day as well.This is what I know for the EF’s in the N.Virginia area.
    The following are traditional Latin Masses in the Diocese of Arlington and Archdiocese of Washington on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, Christmas, Friday, 25 December, a holy day of obligation. Most are High Masses.

    * Midnight; Saint Mary’s in Washington , D.C.

    * Midnight; Saint John’s in McLean , Va.

    * 8 a.m.; Saint John’s in Front Royal, Va.

    * 8 a.m.; Old Saint John’s in Silver Spring, Md.

    * 9 a.m.; Saint Mary’s in Washington , D.C. (Low)

    * 11 a.m.; Saint Francis de Sales in Benedict , Md.

    * 12:30 p.m.; Holy Trinity in Gainesville , Va.

    * 12:30 p.m.; Saint Lawrence in Franconia , Va.

    * 1:30 p.m.; Saint Patrick’s in Fredericksburg , Va.

    N.B. The midnight Masses use the 1st Mass propers; the 8 a.m. Front Royal, and possibly the Silver Spring Mass, will use the 2nd Mass for dawn; the remainder use the 3rd Mass during the day.

  18. Ferde Rombola says:

    At St. Mary Star of the Sea in Beverly, MA we will have Christmas Eve Masses at 4 PM, 6:30 PM and midnight. Christmas Day Masses will be at 8:15 and 10:30 AM. Our Pastor will celebrate all Masses. My wife and I will be lectors at midnight and will attend the 10:30 Mass (with our daughters, we hope) on Christmas Day. A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you all.

  19. Genevieve says:

    We have a total of nine Christmas Masses: The first, a children’s Mass, at 4pm with spillover in the parish hall… it will be broadcast. 6pm is the “praise band” Mass, 8pm the “folk” Mass, 9:30 the Spanish Mass, traditional chorale at 11:30 and midnight Mass at midnight. Then, an 8:15 am with cantor, 10am with cantor, 11:45 am with cantor, and 1:30 pm Spanish Mass. My husband and I are singing at midnight Mass and are responsible for the 11:45am.

  20. Lucas says:

    Midnight at my parents OF parish in DC. It is a beautiful church and generally very good liturgies.

    If there was a EF parish in this area I would be at that. I’ve had some not to good experiences at Old St. Mary’s.

  21. moon1234 says:

    Solemn High Midnight Mass at St. Norbert’s in Robury, WI (Diocese of Madison, WI)
    Prelude starting at 11:45pm.

    OF Masses at:
    Dec 24th:
    4:00pm (3:30pm prelude/pagent),
    7:30pm (7:00pm prelude)

    Dec 25th
    8:00am (7:45am prelude)
    9:30am (9:15am prelude)

  22. moon1234 says:

    Sorry, should say Roxbury, WI.

  23. FrPaul says:

    On Christmas, 10 years ago at Midnight Mass, the Jubilee Year 2000 began. At the first moment of that first day of the Jubilee Year I offered the “Novus Ordo Missae.” It was my first Latin Mass. Since then each Sunday I have been offering the same Latin Mass – the “Novus Ordo.” The “Roman Sacristan” of blog fame who is now in residence at the Monasterio di San Benedetto in Norcia, Italy was a great help to me and this effort. So was Dr. Tom Larson who is a professor of philosophy at St. Anselm College in NH. He led expertly the Gregorian Chant. And the people who came to Blessed Sacrament Church in Dallas and now St. William in Greenville were/are of tremendous help. This weekly Mass has helped expose many people to Latin in the liturgy in anticipation of the reforms of “Summorum Pontificum.” “Benedictus Deus!”

  24. Frank H says:

    Our suburban Columbus, Ohio parish has Christmas Eve Masses at 4, 6, 8 and 10 pm, and one on Christmas at 10 am. Our fairly new associate pastor gets the honors of celebrating the 4pm, known to be jammed packed out into the gathering space, kids and commotion galore. I half-kiddingly told him he could dramatically shorten it by announcing that anyone who has not been to confession in the past year should not approach for Holy Communion. I think he rather liked the idea!

    We’ll go as a family to 10 pm on the Eve, and I will then go downtown to a TLM at Holy Family on Christmas morning, probably the 9am Missa in Die.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  25. I will be assisting at the 8:45 a.m. High Mass offered at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Middletown, NJ. The excellent pastor at St. Catherine Laboure, Fr. Daniel Hesko, will be the celebrant. The church is beautiful; it is newly renovated. Although I live in Philadelphia, I am grateful to have this holy place to attend when I am visiting my parents on the Jersey Shore for the weekend.

    The parish Web site is here:

  26. Philippus says:

    Thank you so much Joe Gallaher

  27. benyanke says:

    Down at the Cathedral Parish in Madison, WI, we will have Midnight mass at midnight (w/ Bishop).

    We’ll also have a 5:00pm (vigil), 7:00am (TLM), 9:00am, and 11:00am (probably w/ bishop). I believe we’ll carols half an hours before M-night mass, and we’ll have incense, candles, and a million servers at the M-night and 11:00, including most of the masses using the Benedictine altar arrangement (no ad-orentem, except TLM).

    Here’s and here are some pictures from the church that will have the 5:00, M-night, and 11:00. The 1st set of pics was from a mass for, you guessed it, the conquest boys club. On a normal Sunday morning we have about 15 servers.
    I sure have fun MCing that mass every Sunday! Very nice church, except for the risen christ cross behind the altar.

    There’s what it’s going to look like in Madison.

  28. benyanke says:

    I almost forgot: We always have our AWESOME choir and organist, and on Christmas and Easter we have some brass as well (All the more awesome).

  29. Roland de Chanson says:

    At Mary Immaculate of Lourdes in Newton, Mass. TLM at Midnight (Prima Missa in Nocte), musical setting is La Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut (1364).

    Adapted from the parish bulletin:
    Deservedly one of the greatest masterpieces of medieval music and of all religious music,it is the earliest complete setting of the Ordinary of the Mass attributable to a single composer. He wrote the principle components of the Mass polyphonically rather than in the customary plainchant. This method, together with its innovative rhythmical techniques, makes it a milestone in the evolution of the Mass as a musical form in its own right. The Messe de Nostre Dame consists of five movements: the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, followed by the Dismissal Ite Missa Est.

    There will be no Latin Secunda Missa in aurora, but a TLM for the Tertia Missa in die (at noon).

    I will unfortunately be attending a fabricated novus ordo to keep the Wars of Religion from breaking out in the family. Cuius regio, eius religio says my wife.

    Beatissimam ac felicissimam festam Nativitatis Domini omnibus lectoribus et praecipue Patri Zuhlsdorf exopto.

  30. Phil says:

    Midnight Mass (at Midnight) in the EF at St. Patrick’s in New Orleans. Music by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra–most likely one of Mozart’s Masses, although it has been a while since another composer has been used, so maybe a Haydn or something. In any case, it will be a Merry Christmas!

  31. Will D. says:

    10PM midnight Mass, then watching the NBC replay of the Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica.

  32. JaneC says:

    Midnight Mass (at midnight), 8:30AM Mass, 10:30 Mass. I got out of singing at the noon Mass on Christmas day as well–three is enough, I think, especially as the music won’t be interesting. I only get to choose music for the 8:30 Mass; let’s just say that I tried to do a different Gloria last year, and one of the parishioners came into the loft while I was singing to complain. I won’t make that mistake again!

    Tonight is the last night of our novena before Christmas–holy hour with chanted Vespers in the old form. As so often happens, our best musical efforts were concentrated in Advent.

  33. Mike says:

    We are going to a 10:00 pm Christmas Eve Mass at a Center of Opus Dei for women, as my sister is a numerary, and has invited us.

  34. Ef-lover says:

    the midnight mass in my parish is at 10pm but i will be heading out to St. Mary’s in Norwalk for a Solemn Ef midnight mass

  35. Andy Milam says:

    This is a link to a photo of Christmas Mass at St. Anthony Parish last year. We will be formatted essentially the same this year, as the NO altar of sacrifice will be reoriented for the EF.

  36. JohnMa says:

    Just to add to what Joe Gallaher said: The midnight mass at St. Mary’s in DC will be a Solemn High Mass. The midnight mass at St. John Beloved will be a missa cantata with at least 2, and probably 3, clergy members attending in choro. One of those clergy members attending the Mass in choro will chant the Epistle.

    Lucas, may I ask what you mean about your experiences at St. Mary’s? I’d be more than happy to talk to Msgr. Pope or Fr. Harris about any concerns you might have. Anyways, if you don’t want to attend Mass there St. John’s is great too. I will warn you however, that it is a new style architecture (a round church with the altar in the middle). Fr. Scalia (yes, the son of Justice Scalia) does the best he can with what he has to work with there.

  37. Frank H says:

    I have a pleasant memory from last year of returning home from the 10 pm Mass, and a little while later watching Fr. Z celebrate midnight Mass via the Z-Cam. As I recall he had planned to be elsewhere but got snowed in.

  38. mrteachersir says:

    For several reasons there are two churches at play in my Christmas plans.

    My parish (the gorgeous old Gothic church was burned down in 1975 and replaced by a modern monstrosity) has a contemporary group (in part led by my father-in-law, and very, very good–musically, that is) Mass at 4:00pm Christmas Eve, followed by the choir Mass at 8:00pm. On Christmas Day, its just a 9am Mass with a cantor.

    At the parish my family attends regularly (a combination of three churches, one of which was untouched after the 1970, another of which is just hideous and the third of which is simply stunning) will have the following schedule:

    4:00pm Choir (probably incense) Annunciation Church
    5:00pm Cantor (Mater Dolorosa Church)
    7:00pm Cantor (Ascension Church)
    Midnight-Mass-at-10:30pm Choir, incense, smells and bells, sung Canon, sung prayers (the works) with the assistant pastor (a great organist) playing the newly restored organ (Annunciation Church)
    8:00am Cantor (Annunciation Church)
    9:15am Cantor (Mater Dolorosa Church)
    10:30am Cantor (Annunciation)

    We want the kids (2 and 4) to come to church too, so we’ll be forgoing the beautiful Midnight Mass at 10:30 for the 8:00am Mass. Oh well.

  39. JohnMa says:

    And for those in Pittsburgh, PA, the first Mass of Christmas will be an EF missa cantata at 9 p.m. Christmas Eve at St. Boniface Church (that is the down side of having to borrow other parishes churches, you can’t have Mass on your schedule, it has to be on there schedule). The third Mass of Christmas will be an EF missa cantata at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface as well.

  40. ssoldie says:

    There will be the Solemn High Mass at midnight, at Flensburg, Minn with the most beautiful music. The priest praying the Mass will be Father Art Hoppe,(88 yrs young). There will be confession from 10:30 till Mass time and also the choir will be singing from 11:30 till Mass time. Some of the people will drive from Grand Rapids, some from Brainerd, some from Milaca, some from St. Cloud. It will be glorious.

  41. Agnes says:

    Cathedral of St Paul: Family is going to the Christmas vigil.

    St Agnes: Oldest son serves Noon Mass.

    Might need to 4X4 to get to either because we’re supposed to be hit with a blizzard!

  42. momoften says:

    Begin the evening with an ending to the Children’s– Novena at the Monastery with Mass-(we have been doing it every night for the last 10 days). Then back to our home where it will be descended upon for a Christmas potluck with 12 of my siblings and most of my children (11 of the 13)…then clean up and head to Midnight Solemn High Mass with the oldest boys only…then 9:00 am Christmas morning back at the Monastery for morning Mass, and a children’s blessing…then home again to rest and eat…hope we don’t get the bad weather predicted also! I love the Christmas season!!!!

  43. Agellius says:

    The only TLM midnight mass in my area is at least an hour’s drive away. As much as I would like to attend it, doing so would call for breaking up my family’s tradition of attending an early evening mass together and celebrating Christmas Eve afterwards. In recent years I have come to dislike this way of doing things, but I seem to be the only one in the family who feels this way and am reluctant to spoil everyone else’s enjoyment.

  44. gloriainexcelsis says:

    At St. Stephen’s in Sacramento, CA, FSSP, there are hymns and carols beginning at 11:00p.m. The Organ will strike the bells at midnight, then the procession enters for Solemn High Mass. The Infant Jesus is carried on a pillow and the three priests place him in the crib in Our Lady’s side chapel where the creche scene is set. As I recall, at the Gloria, as at Easter, the organ peals the bells joyously before the singing of the Gloria. The choir always does a special Mass and I don’t know what it will be this year. Even the schola’s chanting seems “extraordinary” somehow. After Midnight Mass there is a gathering in the hall with cheese, crackers, hor d’oevres, libations, etc. Being over an hour away, I don’t get home until after 3 a.m. On Christmas Day the schedule is 8:30am and 1pm Low Mass (with organ) and 10:30 Solemn High Mass. The day after Christmas is special for us, since it is the Feast of St. Stephen. There is a Solemn High Mass at 10:30am with the Altar Guild Medal Ceremony. Medals are conferred upon members of the Altar Guild who have reached requisite levels of proficiency in their service at the altar. There will be a 7am and 9am Low Mass as well. It is a busy couple of weeks, actually, with Feast of the Circumcision (a Holy Day of Obligation), three Masses again, one of them Solemn High, and then the annual Christmas Party on January 2, with German food this year and parish talent entertaining. Last year it was filipino theme, and the year before, Mexican. We are diverse!

  45. Mark Pavlak says:

    Midnight Mass at the Church of Saint Agnes.
    11:15 carols.
    12:00am Procession to the crib with St. Francis – Transeamus Usque Bethlehem
    Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Schola Cantorum.
    Recessional – Adeste Fideles

    You know, the yoozh…

  46. Mike says:

    We plan to attend a Christmas Eve Byzantine Divine Liturgy at a parish near the lake.

  47. lacrossecath says:

    Either attending Midnight Mass(11:30 music) at Cathedral La Crosse, WI, celebrated by Archbishop elect Listecki, oooooooor attending Solemn TLM Midnight Mass(11:15 music)in Norwalk WI. First year with permanent ICKSP rector. Would prefer the TLM but we will see how things go.

    My wife is also has less than a month left in pregnancy, so maybe we will be in the hospital with boy #2…

  48. lucy says:

    Here in Fresno, CA, at St. Anthony’s, we will have our FSSP priest from Sacremento, St. Stephens, and we are so blessed to have this EF Mass. We will still have our normal time of 3:30 in the afternoon, but at least we have it! It will be a High Mass, with Gregorian chant, and our lovely girls’ choir will sing as well. Should be beautiful !!!

  49. jbalza007 says:

    For the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (San Francisco Bay Area) Apostolates:

    Oakland Apostolate at St. Margaret Mary
    (1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, California 94610)
    Thursday, December 24, – 10:00 AM (no 6:00 PM Mass that day)
    Friday, December 25 – Solemn High Mass at Midnight -12:00 AM
    (Christmas Carols — 11:30PM, December 24)
    High Mass Christmas Day – 12:30 PM
    New Year’s Eve Day – 10:00 AM (with Te Deum)
    New Year’s Day – High Mass at 12:30 PM

    Our Mother of Perpetual Help Oratory in Santa Clara
    (1298 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, California 95050)
    Friday, December 25 – High Mass at Midnight – 12:00AM
    Low Masses on Christmas Day – 9:00AM & 10:00AM

    Five Wounds Church in San Jose
    (1375 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose CA 95116)
    Thursday, December 24 – Low Mass with Christmas Hymns – 8:30PM
    Friday, December 25 – Low Mass with Benediction – 9:15AM

  50. Seattle Slough says:

    Midnight Mass, FSSP parish,North American Martyrs, Seattle, WA. Merry Christmas.

  51. Felicitas says:

    We have a three-year-old. We want to go to the Midnight Mass at the FSSP’s St. Francis de Sales parish in the Atlanta area, but our little one might not be able to handle it. We’ll probably go to the 9AM Christmas Day mass.

  52. DominiSumus says:

    Masses at my parish are: 4 pm vigil, midnight, and 10:30 am. I am playing the organ and singing for the midnight and 10:30.

  53. techno_aesthete says:

    Some Christmas TLM’s in northern New Jersey:

    Holy Rosary Church
    344 Sixth Street
    Jersey City, NJ 07302
    Solemn High Mass (EF) at midnight (First Mass of Christmas); musical prelude beginning at 11:15 pm

    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
    259 Oliver Street
    Newark, NJ 07105
    (973) 589-2090
    Solemn High Mass (EF) at midnight; for more details, please contact the rectory.

    Our Lady of Victories
    150 Harriot Ave
    Harrington Park, NJ 07640
    (201) 768-1706
    Missa Cantata, Christmas Eve @ 9pm

    St. Anthony of Padua Oratory
    1360 Pleasant Valley Way
    West Orange, NJ 07052
    (973) 325-2233
    Solemn High Mass (First Mass of Christmas), Christmas Eve @ 11:00pm with traditional Christmas carols at 10:30pm
    7:30 AM Low Mass (Second Mass of Christmas)
    9:00 AM Low Mass (Second Mass of Christmas)
    11:00 AM Sung Mass (Third Mass of Christmas)

    Our Lady of Fatima Chapel
    32 W. Franklin Ave
    Pequannock, NJ 07440
    (973) 694-6727
    Sung Midnight Mass
    7:00 AM Low Mass
    9:00 AM Low Mass
    11:00 AM Solemn High Mass

  54. Okay, let’s see:

    Christmas Masses at St. John’s in Leesburg VA

    10/24 (vigil):

    *5:00 pm (English) and 7:00 (Spanish) at the Parish Center
    *5:00 pm (English) and 7:00 (English) at Loudoun County High School as overflow masses
    *Midnight Mass at Parish Center (English)

    10/25: (all in English)

    *7:00 a.m
    *8:30 a.m.
    *10:00 a.m.
    *11:30 a.m.
    *1:00 p.m.

    Also, all of these masses are Novus Ordo. (Unfortunately, we only have a monthly TLM mass every 1st Sunday of the Month. Thus, the next TLM mass is in January 2010 — not Christmas for those who prefer the TLM.)

  55. In Toronto:

    I will be Cantor joined by a soprano for 8:00 in the Ordinary Form with a Carol/Reading service before…I’ll be singing This is the Truth Sent From Above and she, O Holy Night with The Huron Carol, The Angel Gabriel, Once in Royal David’s City and Of the Father’s Love Begotten between the readings…it’s at St. John the Evangelist in the old town of Weston, now part of Toronto.

    At Midnight I’ll be the Cantor and lead a small Schola for the Extraordinary Form Missa Cantata at St. Theresa Shrine for the FSSP and again Christmas at 1:00.

    Go here for more info:

  56. MrsHall says:

    Christmas Eve: 4:00 “Twilight” Mass, Midnight Mass (caroling at 11:30)
    Christmas Day: 10 a.m. Mass

    This is in our little NO country parish. We have a simple yet elegant church sanctuary and a faithful, conservative priest (he’s 45, BTW). He reminded us to bring our little bells to ring when the Gloria is “released” after being suppressed all Advent. I love the suppression because it makes it so wonderful to sing it again—so easy to sing with your whole heart.

    Merry Christmas, Fr. Z.!

  57. NewmanSTL says:

    I’ll be at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis on Christmas Eve. At 11:30pm, we are are going to sing traditional Christmas Carols before the Solemn Midnight Mass. The music for the Midnight Mass will be the Missa Solemnis in C Major K.337, by W.A. Mozart, with the St. Francis de Sales Choir and Orchestra. The Mass will conclude with Solemn Procession to the Creche, where we will venerate a Relic of the Crib of Christ.

  58. Traductora says:

    Here in St Augustine, life has improved and while we won’t be having all the things that one might want, it will be dignified and appropriately celebratory. Our pastor is a positive force, we’ve had throngs for confession and he has made sure we have enough priests, the church is being beautified, and things are looking up. (Unfortunately, I won’t even be in ST A for midnight mass, because I have to accompany an organist who plays in a distant parish and be there to drive back over our lonely roads at 2:00 am.)

  59. Patikins says:

    I will do my best to be charitable in spite of the liturgical abuse I am certain to encounter at the 10 pm midnight mass my Mom’s parish. I’ll probably go to another mass in the morning to see some of my relatives that I don’t see often. I really will try to be charitable. Jesus will be there and that is all that really matters.

  60. AngelineOH says:

    We will be attending EF Midnight Mass at Old St. Mary’s Church in Cincinnati.

  61. God bless you, Patikins. I hope it will not be totally awful. May you receive many graces from your faith in the Lord’s Presence in the Mass and Holy Eucharist, no matter what abuses go on.
    I am certain He is most comforted by your presence there.
    We will have the Mass at Midnight in the Ordinary Form in Latin with Gregorian chant at hte convent chapel of our present location at St. Peter, Ilden, WI (with just the community present because of lack of space.)
    Hopefully (if the blizzard does not snowbound us from our oratory 30 miles away from here) we will have a Sung High Mass on Christmas Morning at 10:30 AM at the Cor Jesu Oratory, the former Sacred Heart Church, in Edson, WI with Gregorian chant.
    A Blessed Christmas to all!

  62. Mary G says:

    Missa in Nocte will be at 9 pm. This is a much more suitable hour for the older parishioners. The Mass will be preceded by 30 minutes of carols – congregational singing.

  63. frival says:

    We will have two Masses on Christmas Eve at 4 pm, one in the Church with the “contemporary” music group and one in the gym with piano and cantor as overflow. There will also be a Mass at 6:00 with the Childrens’ Pageant as part of the, erm, Gospel. Then we will have Midnight Mass *at Midnight* with as full a set of smells and bells as the parish can offer. Finally there will be Masses on Christmas Day at 9:00 and 10:30. All of the Masses will be OF in English. I only wish there were a TLM Midnight Mass in the near area…

  64. Marcin says:

    We will worship at 11pm at the Holy Transfiguration Melkite Church. I think we’ll skip the agape afterwards for all three of us have quite a cold. Merry Christmas and many blessings to all!

  65. An American Mother says:

    At Holy Spirit Atlanta, GA, we will have a 6:30 p.m. Children’s Mass (with the children’s choir singing good classical selections), and an 8:30 p.m. Mass for those who can’t stay out late, about which I otherwise know nothing as I have never attended.

    11:30 p.m. Music Program (a/k/a “The Pregame Show”) will be chant and polyphony, mostly (“Puer Natus” – in its entirety – Piae Cantiones “Gaudete” in modern arrangement – Hassler “Dixit Maria” – “Coventry Carol” – Rutter “Candlelight Carol” (o.k. I’m not crazy about that one) – Berlioz “Shepherd’s Farewell to the Holy Family” – Praetorius “En Natus Est Emanuel”)

    Midnight Mass – Mozart’s Spaurmesse in C major, and Victoria “O Magnum Mysterium” and a solo by our outstanding tenor (solo to be named later). The handbell choir will play not-too-elaborated arrangements of “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child” and “Silent Night/Away In A Manger”. I think our young Parochial Vicar is the celebrant, and he will introduce as much Latin as possible into what is nominally the OF — and of course the Ordinary is already in Latin, thanks to Mr. Mozart. Good solid old traditional Christmas hymns.

    Y’all might pray for us because we’re short on altos and the Mozart alto lines are ‘rather exposed’ as our music director says.

  66. California Girl 21 says:

    St. Margaret’s Parish, Oceanside, CA:

    Vigil Mass at 7:00 PM–solemn Novus Ordo; choir will sing “Guadete Christus Est Natus”, selections from Handel’s Messiah, other Christmas hymns, as well as the proper Introit and Communion psalms. Mass will be preceded by congregational singing of carols.

    Midnight Mass (at midnight)–Traditional Latin Mass, with schola singing.

    Christmas Morning Mass at 9:00 AM–solemn Novus Ordo, as at the vigil.

  67. Hans says:

    I’ll be singing in the choir at the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of Celle (named for the Basilika von Mariazell in Austria) in Berwyn, Illinois. Said choir now has twenty or more members, up from three when I joined it (as the third) in 2003. And we will be singing at least some Latin, without a whimper of protest.


    “[L]et’s just say that I tried to do a different Gloria last year, and one of the parishioners came into the loft while I was singing to complain“, JaneC.

    That, Jane, is why most choir lofts have doors that lock from the inside.

  68. Eoin Suibhne says:

    Midnight TLM at Saint John the Beloved in McLean, VA.

  69. torear says:

    While the winter weather in Nebraska is causing a fair amount of issues (a large number of Protestant churches in Omaha are canceling Christmas Eve services), AFAIK there is no change at Immaculate Conception (24th & Bancroft), the FSSP’s parish in Omaha:

    Midnight Mass at it’s proper time with Carols at 11:00 PM (the choir always does a selection of Polish carols as well at this service. It ties us in well with the historical patrimony of our parish). 7:00 AM Low Mass at Dawn and High Mass during the Day at 10:30 AM

  70. Supertradmom says:

    Please pray for our family, as we cannot get to the Latin Mass because of extremely bad weather here in the Midwest. Also, may you pray for me, as I just had an operation and will miss Christmas Mass entirely. God bless all of you and Merry Christmas.

  71. Patikins says:

    Thank you, Narareth priest. It will not be totally awful. I just wish Fr. would genuflect and encourage repect for the Blessed Sacrament. There are a number of smaller issues too but I’ve never wittnessed anything that would make the mass invalid.

    Father’s lack of knee bending has nothing to do with age or infirmity — he goes cross county skiing whenever he has time and there is enough snow.

  72. I’ve never seen a choir loft with a door, much less a lock….

    Midnight Mass… coming up!

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