Christmas Mass


#1

What happens at a Christmas Mass that doesn’t happen at a normal Mass?


#2

In certain ways it is a normal Mass. The only real difference I can think of offhand is the blessing of the creche.

However, there may be some changes due to the solemnity being celebrated:

. Especially on Christmas Eve or for a Midnight Mass there may be choir preludes before Mass.
. Use of incense even if the parish doesn’t normally use it.
. More festive music; if there are multiple choirs in the parish they may combine for one of the Masses; my parish adds musicians such as trumpeters for midnight Mass.
. Bigger crowds, including people who may not be totally familiar with the responses and prayers.
. Some parishes have children “perform” – a skit, a song, etc. – as part of the family Mass on Christmas eve.


#3

Also, sometimes there are more readings.


#4

And sometimes, candy canes for the children at the end of Mass - have seen both our pastor and our bishop do this.


#5

Nope, three readings and a psalm, same as any Sunday.

Before the Mass, the Christmas kalends may be sung or read.


#6

Also, the Christmas Proclamation is read.


#7

And a very full church! We always have to place benches along the sides of the church for the overflow congregation.


#8

I forgot that one! I love it!!


#9

Our basilica holds 500 people and a couple years ago the police arrived and made those whom were standing, leave, because of potential fire hazards. Last year, we had to arrive 2 hours before mass if we wanted a place.


#10

Was not Midnight Mass SUPPOSE to begin at Twelve Midnight? I have been to a Christmas Mass that began at 11 P.M. and ended shortly after Midnight.


#11

Longer hymns sung
Church more decorated
Bigger crowds at my parish many Catholics who come on Christmas fill up the entire sanctuary.


#12

In part it depends on whether you translate the name of the Mass as the Mass at Midnight or the Mass During the Night. This article explains a bit more: catholicchronicle.org/index.php/Fr.-Charles-Singler/why-is-midnight-mass-earlier-on-christmas.html


#13

Good article. So midnight (12:00am) is just the traditional time that kind of evolved. All that is required is that the Mass is middle-ish of the night, or night time.

One thing we do is adoration of the child Jesus.


#14

Thank you, SuscipeMeDomine. The article was very informative and very easy to comprehend.:slight_smile:


#15

Most Christmas Masses I’ve attended in recent years had no more and no less than a regular Sunday Mass. What you saw (decorations) and heard (readings & carols) were the clue that it was Christmas.


#16

That is just another name for the Christmas kalends. :wink:


#17

Another thing that I’ve never heard at any parish where I’ve attended Christmas Mass. I’ve got to travel more extensively to find these little liturgical gems.


#18

I think this is done only at Midnight Mass (someone correct me if I’m wrong). My parish hadn’t been doing it and I talked with the pastor about it. (“It’s so cool, can’t we do it, please, please, please.”) And now we do. :slight_smile:


#19

I’m pretty sure it’s only at Midnight Mass but that’s the one I always go to and I have never heard it.


#20

Though less frequently found, there is also an Epiphany kalends.
onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Advent/Epiphany-Proclamation.html


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