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Which Christmas Mass are you attending? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
OSVDailyTake.com ^ | Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | OSV

Posted on 12/22/2011 3:43:35 PM PST by Salvation

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Which Christmas Mass are you attending?

A little more than a year ago, we moved across town and joined a new parish, much larger than our last one. It has been a great community to get plugged into and get to know.

I'm always interested to see how things are done there. One interesting change this year for the parish has been some modifications to the Christmas liturgy schedule.

  • The Christmas Vigil Mass is a children's Mass held at 5 p.m. By all accounts, this is by far the best-attended liturgy.
  • Midnight Mass has been moved up to 10 p.m. (hoping to draw more families frightened by the late hour)
  • Only one Mass on Christmas Day, at 10 a.m. 
From our days in Rome as a young family, we've always attended Midnight Mass. Our four kids (the oldest is now 13) probably couldn't imagine Christmas otherwise -- the anticipation, setting out Christmas clothes before being made to lie down for a few hours of sleep (yeah, right) before getting up in the middle of the night to go to church.

But I want to ask about the Christmas Day experience in your parish. Are you, like us, seeing fewer and fewer Catholics forgo Christmas Day Mass in favor of Christmas Eve?

Interestingly, that seems to be a trend in some Protestant communities, too — even in a year like this in which Christmas falls on a Sunday. The Baptist Press reported a few weeks ago that a full 6 percent of Protestant churches plan to have a Christmas Eve service but NO service on Christmas Day. A few years ago, The New York Times ran a story titled, "When Christmas falls on Sunday, megachurches take the day off," and detailed the controversy over the practice.

What are things like where you live? And what Mass will you be attending?


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I will attend the children's Mass at 4:30 to help and Midnight Mass also. (Providing the healing of my tooth extraction is in full swing.)
1 posted on 12/22/2011 3:43:38 PM PST by Salvation
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Good question. Probably something on Christmas Eve.


2 posted on 12/22/2011 3:49:13 PM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Salvation

I will probably attend the Lutheran service at 4. Not because I am Lutheran, but because it is the closest church that I feel comfortable with that has a Christmas Eve service (do Lutherans say Mass, too?) and I can walk there.


3 posted on 12/22/2011 3:53:50 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: HungarianGypsy

Yes. I would rather be going to a Catholic midnight mass. :( Next year, when I have a car.


4 posted on 12/22/2011 3:55:02 PM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Salvation

We will attend the 6pm vigil.


5 posted on 12/22/2011 3:56:11 PM PST by tekriter
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To: Salvation

My church has membership of less than 2,000. We have two different places to hold services; the Sanctuary for traditional and a multi-use area for contemporary services. We have one Christmas Eve-Eve on Friday at 7:00, Saturday services at 4:00 (Family/kids) 6:00 (Contemporary) 8:00 (Traditional) 11:00 (Traditional/Candlelight) and our usual Sunday services 8:30 a.m. (Traditional) 10:45 (Contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. (Traditional). Yes, that’s a LOT of services!


6 posted on 12/22/2011 3:57:54 PM PST by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: Salvation

Latin Mass about 60 miles away. It’s actually rare that a Tridentine Mass is offered on Christmas Day anywhere near here. Most thankful for this one. Dealing with dental work here too — crowns before and after the holidays. Merry Christmas and thank you for all the wonderful Catholic posts over the year.


7 posted on 12/22/2011 4:02:10 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...
We not only keep CHRIST in Christmas...
 
Adoration of the Shepherds, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1650-5

We keep the MASS in Christmas!
 
 

8 posted on 12/22/2011 4:26:26 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Midnight Mass this year, have to travel to daughter in law’s Christmas @ noon


9 posted on 12/22/2011 4:28:13 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: Salvation

Midnight Mass this year, have to travel to daughter in law’s Christmas @ noon


10 posted on 12/22/2011 4:28:32 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: steve86

Thank you for your post, and I hope we both experience healing!


11 posted on 12/22/2011 4:28:32 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

TLM on Christmas Day.


12 posted on 12/22/2011 4:30:22 PM PST by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Salvation

Midnight Mass. I have to Lector, my husband us ushering, my eldest daughter is in the choir and my son is altar server.


13 posted on 12/22/2011 4:30:36 PM PST by Malacoda (CO(NH2)2 on OBAMA.)
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To: Salvation

Midnight Mass. My mom will be singing with her choir again for the first time in a few years.


14 posted on 12/22/2011 4:32:39 PM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Salvation

We’ll be attending the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass near us, which will start with Carols around 5. We usually prefer Midnight Mass, but with three of the Horde at 6 or under, Vigil Mass it is, this year. Hope all goes well with the healing, Salvation.


15 posted on 12/22/2011 4:32:55 PM PST by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: Salvation
Interpreting the 9:00am Christmas Day Mass.


16 posted on 12/22/2011 4:34:26 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Salvation

Christmas Day at noon.Our daughter is the Cantor and 3 of our grandchildren are the Altar Servers.:)


17 posted on 12/22/2011 4:34:41 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Salvation

I will go to Mass at dawn


18 posted on 12/22/2011 4:41:04 PM PST by Sir_Humphrey (Is it too late to save the country?)
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To: Salvation

Well, the midnight mass at my parish has been co-opted by the Spanish speaking community so I have been going to a different parish for midnight mass the last couple of years.

This year since Christmas is Sunday and I always serve at the 12pm and 7pm Masses on Sunday, I will attend them as usual.


19 posted on 12/22/2011 4:46:40 PM PST by Jvette
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To: Malacoda

Busy family. What a blessing you are to your parish!


20 posted on 12/22/2011 4:59:14 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

My youngest is in the children’s choir so the 4 pm vigil mass for us - also that way my older daughter’s boyfriend can go with us because he has to be back to his ship Christmas day.

There will be overflow seating in the church basement and the school gym - I think that second one might be a separate mass. But we will have to be there by 3:15. All the Christmas and Easter Masses are standing room only. Not swearing to 7 am, though.

Here is a plea to be kind to Christmas Catholics: When I was visiting my mother, who is not Catholic, I called the church in town to ask the Christmas mass schedule. The secretary snapped at me, “The same as every week.” Not very welcoming to the visitor, and no way to bring the wandering sheep back to the fold.


21 posted on 12/22/2011 5:00:18 PM PST by heartwood
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To: COBOL2Java

How wonderful of you to share that gift.


22 posted on 12/22/2011 5:00:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Midnight Mass


23 posted on 12/22/2011 5:07:16 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: heartwood

That wasn’t too cool. On our church phone system we can put different messages — and one of them will be the Mass times for Christmas. It’s also in the windows of the front doors.

We always have the Mass Times as a selection on our phone system.


24 posted on 12/22/2011 5:10:42 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

8:00 AM Christmas Day. The “schola” Mass. Gonna be beautiful and it will be the first Christmas in decades that I am not exhausted.


25 posted on 12/22/2011 5:31:41 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Jesus, I trust in you.)
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To: Salvation

We will be attending the 9:00am TLM Mass at our parish on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas!


26 posted on 12/22/2011 5:35:23 PM PST by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
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To: Salvation
5pm on the Texas coast. Normally do the late one but going early with some dear friends who do not stay up that late.
27 posted on 12/22/2011 5:43:01 PM PST by nomorelurker
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To: Mad Dawg

You mean that they didn’t talk you into helping with something? LOL!


28 posted on 12/22/2011 5:46:18 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Great post.

Our church believes in the older traditions. We kneel when we receive Communion. We don't hold hands and we don't feel the need to offer a sign of peace.

I know it's a little different from other Churches. But it works for us.

(The 11:30 Mass is a Latin Mass). I love it.

29 posted on 12/22/2011 6:12:26 PM PST by A Cyrenian (Missouri heading to the SEC.)
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To: Salvation

I will attend regular morning mass at 9am.


30 posted on 12/22/2011 6:13:35 PM PST by tanuki (O-voters: wanted Uberman, got Underdog....)
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To: A Cyrenian

Sounds wonderful I don’t hold hands either. I just fold my hands, bow my head, close my eyes and pray to God, Our Father. It’s meant to be a private prayer betwen each personal and God, the Father, not a communal prayer.

If you look up a thread on FR or on the internet about liturgical abuses — Holding hands is one of them.


31 posted on 12/22/2011 6:18:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
From our days in Rome as a young family, we've always attended Midnight Mass. Our four kids (the oldest is now 13) probably couldn't imagine Christmas otherwise -- the anticipation, setting out Christmas clothes before being made to lie down for a few hours of sleep (yeah, right) before getting up in the middle of the night to go to church.

We always went to 7 am mass on Sunday morning every Christmas. We had to walk past our Christmas presents on the way out. The anticipation all during mass was almost unbearable! But when we got home, we opened our presents and played with them and didn't have to leave until we went to our grandma's for dinner in the afternoon. In those days, they didn't have 5 pm mass on Christmas Eve; it was only midnight mass - REAL midnight mass, at midnight!

32 posted on 12/22/2011 6:29:02 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Salvation
From our days in Rome as a young family, we've always attended Midnight Mass. Our four kids (the oldest is now 13) probably couldn't imagine Christmas otherwise -- the anticipation, setting out Christmas clothes before being made to lie down for a few hours of sleep (yeah, right) before getting up in the middle of the night to go to church.

We always went to 7 am mass on Sunday morning every Christmas. We had to walk past our Christmas presents on the way out. The anticipation all during mass was almost unbearable! But when we got home, we opened our presents and played with them and didn't have to leave until we went to our grandma's for dinner in the afternoon. In those days, they didn't have 5 pm mass on Christmas Eve; it was only midnight mass - REAL midnight mass.

33 posted on 12/22/2011 6:30:36 PM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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To: Salvation

I will be watching it on TV. NBC always broadcasts Midnight Mass from the Vatican. Don’t know anybody who will be able to take me to church and don’t have enough for cab fare.


34 posted on 12/22/2011 6:40:45 PM PST by tob2 (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: Salvation

I will be watching it on TV. NBC always broadcasts Midnight Mass from the Vatican. Don’t know anybody who will be able to take me to church and don’t have enough for cab fare.


35 posted on 12/22/2011 6:41:06 PM PST by tob2 (Merry Christmas to all!)
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To: Salvation

Well, I’m hoping to take the Sacred Body to the hospital after the 8:00. I’m waiting to hear from the Tsarina of that ministry.

And, if God wills, I will go on a week long visit/retreat at a priory in Manhattan after Mary the Mother of God.


36 posted on 12/22/2011 6:54:27 PM PST by Mad Dawg (Jesus, I trust in you.)
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My community is close enough to the renowned Glen Rock Carolers that it is vitually a law of the Medes and the Persians that Christmas Eve liturgies must conclude in time for people to attend that group's 11:00 PM concert.

So "Angels Mass" at 7:00 PM and "King's Mass" at 10:30 AM Christmas Day.

37 posted on 12/22/2011 7:10:31 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: lightman

Sounds great!


38 posted on 12/22/2011 7:33:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Midnight Mass. Hubby, daughter and I are in the choir, so we will be singing “Lessons and Carols” at 11:30, then Mass.


39 posted on 12/22/2011 7:36:19 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Salvation

I don’t know that I have ever attended a Christmas morning Mass. We’ve always done Christmas Eve, either the children’s Mass or midnight Mass.

My parish has two 4:30 Christmas Eve Masses at the same time. One is in the parish hall gym and the other in the church. Both Masses are quite literally standing room only. It saddens me that we get about 1/4 that many on a regular weekend.


40 posted on 12/22/2011 10:04:29 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Salvation; HungarianGypsy
I'll be attending midnight mass at my next-door church (it really IS next door -- a 3 minute walk from my apartment door!)

HungarianGypsy -- I think they have a Divine Liturgy. i've never been for one.

41 posted on 12/22/2011 11:44:55 PM PST by Cronos (Nuke Mecca and Medina now..)
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To: heartwood
The secretary snapped at me, “The same as every week.” Not very welcoming to the visitor, and no way to bring the wandering sheep back to the fold.

Be understanding of church people answering the phones. I cook at a Salvation Army meal program. Christmas season gets so hectic. Often people call with all sorts of questions when I am trying to serve 75 people supper. I probably sound pretty abrupt to the person on the phone.

42 posted on 12/23/2011 2:11:36 AM PST by iowamark
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To: Salvation
St. Agnes Church, 43rd Street between Third and Lexington Avenues, 11:00 AM Solemn High Mass according to the 1962 missal. The Schola will sing Padilla’s Missa Ego Flos Campi. I encourage anyone in the NYC area to consider attending this mass.

I may swing by P.J. Clarke's afterward for a burger and a beer at the bar, you're welcome to join me there, too, then off to mother's house in NJ.

43 posted on 12/23/2011 4:05:33 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Salvation
We've attended Midnight Mass every Christmas since our daughter was born. She is now turning 22 in a couple months and engaged to be married. Now that the kids are pretty much grown -- our son is a high school junior -- we're going to try the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass on Saturday. I want a quieter, somewhat less hectic Christmas.

I have fond memories of those Midnight Masses, though. They reminded me of the Mass when I was little. Also, when the kids were young Santa would come while we were at Mass.

44 posted on 12/23/2011 4:20:37 AM PST by ContraryMary (Obama = Carter redux)
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To: Salvation

Good luck with the tooth!

We’ll go to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, which gives us the “Mass During the Day” liturgy. My parish is doing our usual Sunday schedule, except for the 5:00 p.m. service. We’d probably have gone to an earlier Sunday Mass, but this was our music assignment from the Authorities.


45 posted on 12/23/2011 6:08:45 AM PST by Tax-chick (Two women in one house ... and one of 'em a redhead!)
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To: Salvation

Singing with the schola for the 5:00 pm vigil Mass at Assumption Parish in downtown Nashville, TN. Incense, Latin, bells, and carols!


46 posted on 12/23/2011 6:38:23 AM PST by Campion ("It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins." -- Franklin)
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To: Salvation
I will attend the children's Mass at 4:30 to help and Midnight Mass also. (Providing the healing of my tooth extraction is in full swing.)

I would rather have a tooth extracted than attend a children's mass.

47 posted on 12/23/2011 8:06:26 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati)
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To: Jeff Chandler

They get both with me! LOL!


48 posted on 12/23/2011 9:37:16 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Three masses on Christmas:

Midnight Mass (Solemn High Mass in Extraordinary form), with orchestra and choir (Mozart’s Sparrow Mass). I’ll be MC.

Ordinary Form Mass with carols in morning (i’ll be acolyte).

Ordinary Form solemn Mass with carols at 11.00. I’ll be MC.

Christmas dinner at home with my wife, MIL, and 3 priests.


49 posted on 12/23/2011 11:00:52 AM PST by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: Salvation

Most likely, Midnight Mass. My middle son sings in the choir, as does my daughter-in-law (wife of my oldest son), youngest used to be an altar server (well - all 3 of my sons were altar servers for 14 years total), is now a lector, in addition to my husband as usher/lector. At our parish, in downtown Louisville, Kentucky...we have a 4pm, 6pm, Midnight Mass, 7am, 9am, 10:30, and 12 noon. Our parish is run by Dominican Friars. Thanks for your Catholic posts!!! May all of you have a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy and glorious New Year!!!


50 posted on 12/23/2011 3:47:03 PM PST by MasonGal
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