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The Christmas crib and tree in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. The Christmas crib and tree in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.  (Vatican Media)

Pope’s Christmas season schedule

Monsignor Guido Marini, the Master of the Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations has issued the following schedule of the Pope’s liturgical celebrations this Christmas Season:

    ° Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 09.30 pm: Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

    ° Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 12.00 pm:  Christmas message and blessing “ Urbi  et Orbi” from the  central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica

    ° Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 05.00 pm: First Vespers of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the traditional singing of “Te Deum” in thanksgiving for the concluding year 2019, and the Eucharistic blessing.

    ° Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 10.00 am:  New Year Day Mass of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God in St. Peter’s Basilica.  World Day of Peace.

    ° Monday, January 06, 2020, 10.00 am: Mass of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Christmas Season begins with the Christmas Eve Mass and concludes with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which in 2020 falls on January 12.  The Holy Father marks the occasion by baptizing babies during a Holy Mass in the Vatican’s famed Sistine Chapel. (All are local timings)

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13 December 2019, 10:27