Christmas Mass Question


#1

Hello To all. I am asking this question out of curiosity, I noticed that there are 4 options for readings for Christmas, Vigil mass, Mass During the Night, Mass at Dawn and Mass During the Day. I was wondering what are the time limits for those. I am guessing the children's mass held around 4 will use the readings for the vigil mass, While the 8 or 9 Pm and Midnight mass will use the night. However On Christmas day there is usally as mass at 9 and 11 (en espanol) What readings will be used then. The times I gave are examples from mass times last year but I am looking for the time lines if necessary as to what Constitutes , Vigil, Night, Dawn and Day
Thanks and God Bless
Taylor


#2

The rubrics, especially for the Mass during the day, give the option to substitute readings, so you might get readings you're not expecting. But, generally, my guidelines would be 4:00-7:00 vigil, 8:00-5:00 A.M. Mass during the night, 6:00-9:00 Mass at dawn, and 10:00 on Mass during the Day.


#3

My experience, in more than a dozen parishes, is that the Christmas Eve Masses use the Mass During the Night readings. I've never experienced a true Vigil of Christmas.

Many of the parishes also used the Midnight Mass readings for the day Masses, common when the same priest is giving the homily at each Mass.


#4

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My experience, in more than a dozen parishes, is that the Christmas Eve Masses use the Mass During the Night readings. I've never experienced a true Vigil of Christmas.

Many of the parishes also used the Midnight Mass readings for the day Masses, common when the same priest is giving the homily at each Mass.

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Yeah. I've seen the Mass During the Night readings used for all Christmas Masses as well.


#5

My parish usually does the readings for the Vigil Mass at the 5:00 p.m. vigil and the Night readings at Midnight Mass and both the Mass at 8:30 a.m. "dawn" and 11:00 a.m. "day".

One year they did the Vigil readings at the Vigil and Midnight, which was a little odd, but there are options.

Here's a link to the options:

catholic-resources.org/Lectionary/1998USL-Christmas.htm

And here is a lengthy, but thorough, response to your question answered by an expert:

zenit.org/article-27775?l=english


#6

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