NYC Manhattan: Midnight Extraordinary Form Mass at Holy Innocents

Holy Innocents ManhattanAre you anywhere within striking distance of Manhattan?

There will be a Solemn Midnight Mass (Extraordinary Form) at the Church of the Holy Innocents on Christmas (Eve night) at 12:01 AM, – yes, midnight. The Church of the Holy Innocents is located at 128 W. 37th Street in Manhattan (bewteen Broadway and 37th). The Herald Square subway stop is convenient.

A program of Christmas music will begin about 30 minutes before Mass.

There will also be the traditional blessing of the Christmas Creche and chanting of the Christmas Proclamation at the beginning of Mass.

The choir will sing Tomas Luis de Victoria‘s Missa de Beata Maria and his motet O Magnum Mysterium (would that it were Lauridsen!).

After Mass there will be a festive reception with refreshments in the Church Hall.


I have learned that one… one of the things offered during the reception after Mass will be baked zitti!

Also, it is far more than likely that confessions will be heard before Mass and perhaps during if necessary.  Another reason to come!

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  1. AvantiBev says:

    My home parish St. John Cantius has had a beautiful Traditional Latin Mass at Midnight on Christmas Eve for close to two decades. St. John Cantius, Carpenter and Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL We put the “extra” in Extraordinary Form.

    Saturday, December 24 – Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord
    11:00 p.m. – Christmas Carols & Handel’s Messiah
    12:00 a.m. – Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Pontifical Solemn High Mass in Latin)

    Confessions begin at 11:00pm

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Sounds beautiful! I won’t be anywhere near there…I’ll be singing in our own choir for our EF Midnight Mass (yes at 12:01 as well!). Our music program is similar: we’re singing Victoria’s O Magnum Mysterium Mass as well as his O Magnum Mysterium motet (DITTO would that it were Lauridsen!!).

  3. APX says:

    That sounds wonderful.

    I won’t be attending an EF Christmas Eve Mass, but I will likely attend one in the Morning. Instead my parish will be having Midnight Mass at 11 celebrated by the Bishop, with our music provided by our permanent deacon and our priest. I am hoping this will be concelebrated so there will be no need for EMHCs.

  4. Robert of Rome says:

    No rabbit hole intended here, Father, but “pace” yourself and Mary Jane, the de Victoria “O Magnum Mysterium” is by far the best! Listen carefully and treat yourselves.

  5. darcy-wi says:

    Our midnight Mass (at midnight) will include both the Lauridsen and Victoria O Magnum. Best of both worlds! Ordinary form in our case.

  6. ginamdurso says:

    I’m so excited! I have been waiting two years to be able to attend and this Christmas Eve will be it! It’s a Christmas Miracle :)

  7. ctengel says:

    I’m hoping to be able to go! I’m wondering, though, what the approximate duration of the Mass will be. I think the last train home leaves the city around 2 AM, so perhaps I should drive instead if it’s likely to be longer than 90 minutes. Any ideas on this?

  8. haribo says:

    Show up early, and you should be able to find a space in front of the church no problem. You might catch the last train at Penn if you jog, but you’d miss the reception.

  9. Maltese says:

    The wonderful thing about Manhattan is that within fifteen minutes you can reach a TLM from anywhere in that part of NYC!

    If you have the money, there isn’t a better city to live in than NYC (Manhattan, not Long Island; the latter is drudgery, to me), and I say this as a Traditionalist Catholic.

    An interesting side-note, when in Manhattan, William F. Buckley Jr. always attended the TLM.

  10. Mitchell NY says:

    I am going…Any parking garages open 24 hours int hat area? Otherwise the subway is my route..3 visitors possibly coming with me !

  11. The Sicilian Woman says:

    Eh, I wish were, but I’m on the other side of the country. Thanks for highlighting that church, though. I’d heard of it, but had never been to it before. Next time I’m home it’ll be a stop, maybe for Sunday Mass.

    It’s the 7pm NO Vigil Mass for me tonight.

  12. JamesA says:

    For any New Orleans readers, get thee to St. Patrick’s on Camp St. for a Fr. Z- worthy, lovely Midnight Mass in the Extraordinary Form ! Awesome music, as well. Fr. Klores is a treasure.

  13. Charivari Rob says:

    Ziti, si!
    Zuhlsdorf, no!

    Missed seeing you, Father – hope it wasn’t anything dire.

    Happy Christmas!

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