Catholic Church Feasts


Christmas 2017

Christmas 2017

"While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:6-7

Sunday, 24th December 2017, Christmas Eve:
Church of the Nativity - St. Catherine
13:30 Entry of the Apostolic Administrator into the Basilica of the Nativity and into the Church of St. Catherine
14:00 First Vespers
16:00 Procession to the Grotto of the Nativity
23:30 Office of the lectures
00:00 Christmas Vigil presided by Most Rev. Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator
01:45 Procession to the Grotto

Monday, 25th December 2017, Christmas Day:
St. Catherine's Church
10:00 Solemn Christmas mass
14:00 Spiritual pilgrimage to Shepherd's Field

Tuesday, 26th December 2017, Day of St. Stephen:
Jerusalem - St. Stephen's Church
16:00 Spiritual Pilgrimage

Thursday, 28th December 2017, Feast of the Holy Innocents
Bethlehem - St. Catherine's Church
10:00 Solemn mass presided by Very Rev. Fr. Dobromir Jasztal, custodial vicar

Friday, 29th December 2017, Feast of the Sts. Angels appearing to the Shepherds
Bethlehem - Shepherds' Field
In the afternoon spiritual pilgrimage

Saturday, 30th December 2017, Feast of the Holy Family:
Nazareth - Basilica of the Annunciation
10:00 Solemn mass presided by Very Rev. Fr. Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land and procession to the "House of the Holy Family"

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