Christmas Mass at Midnight

Christmas Mass at Midnight

St. Vincent de Paul Parish

time 11:30 pm

December 24, 2017

With the St. Vincent de Paul Chamber Chorale and Orchestra

Mass in C Major (k. 258) by W. A. Mozart

“Christmas Concerto” Op. 8 , by G. Torelli

*Service of Carols begins at 11:30pm 

In the 4th Century, a young Christian woman made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and kept a journal of the customs and liturgies she saw there. She witnessed the Christians celebrating the birth of Christ with a midnight vigil in Bethlehem, which was followed by a torchlight procession and gathering in Jerusalem. When the Basilica of St. Mary Major was built in Rome around 430, Pope Sixtus III included a replica chapel of the Bethlehem cave where Jesus was born. Like the practice in Jerusalem had been, he instituted the celebration of a midnight Mass in this chapel.

The solemn tradition of celebrating the Lord’s birth at the midnight hour has been carried on for centuries. In our modern world, however, where convenience often trumps tradition, many parishes have moved their midnight Mass to an earlier hour. 

At St. Vincent de Paul, we continue the time-honored tradition of Christmas Mass at Midnight.  Join us at this mystical hour when the world truly does appear to wait in stillness.