[quote="kurtmasur, post:6, topic:178015"]
Yeah, they are very kind to print a missallette with the entire text of the Midnight Mass. Actually, they do this with all Papal liturgical events year round. It's actually a small booklet printed on high quality paper with about 50 or so pages. As soon as you enter the Basilica, you will see some ushers distributing these missallettes to everybody (for free), so you needn't worry about getting these. And as one of the posters mentioned here earlier, these booklets/missallettes are definitely keepers as memory of the Papal Mass. (I myself have through the years accumalated a nice stack of these :-D ). The only drawback to these booklets is that it assumes that the reader speaks Italian, as the whole text is double columned--one side for what is actually recited/sung (in Latin or another language)--and the 2nd column is a translation in Italian of everything in the 1st column. By the way, unless an attendee knows Italian, a knowledge of Latin goes a long way to understanding and better appreciating the Papal Masses--so I strongly recommend brushing up on your Latin or at least becoming familiar with the Latin text of the Ordinary of the Holy Mass (in case you're not already familiar with it).
During the panning of the faithful from the CTV broadcast, I noticed a few folks with earbuds. Granted, I listen to Vatican Radio online; however, most, if not all, of the broadcasts are translated via VR. Could these folks be listening to the translation via some little pocket device. To the OP: the only drawback is that the homily will be in Italian. Of course, when you get back home, you can always download the English translation. :shrug:
Now, early Christmas morning, the Holy Father will be greeting the faithful at St. Peter's Square with the Urbi et Orbi address. While most of it is in Italian, there is one, rather lengthy, greeting to all of the English-speaking pilgrims. Also, at the end of the address (and multi-lingual greetings), the Holy Father will impart his special Apostolic blessing which carries with it a plenary indulgence. To those of us not luck to be there :crying:, he graciously extends this indulgence to us if we are watching it LIVE (this means benedictgal has to wake up at 4:30AM). There is a lot of pomp. You get to see the Vatican City marching band, a plethora of Swiss Guard marching and all of that good stuff.