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Bethlehem - Main Program

MAIN CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - BETHLEHEM 2017/2018

December 15 - 23, 2017:
16:30 Novena of Christmas in St Catherine.

Sunday, 24th December 2017 - Christmas Eve
- At Rachel's Tomb
13:00 Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, is welcomed by the Latin parish priest of Bethlehem and representatives of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.
- At the Manger Square
13:30 Solemn Entry of the Apostolic Administrator into the Basilica of the Nativity and St. Catherine Church followed by Pontifical Vespers.
- At St. Catherine's Church
16:00 Daily procession to the Nativity Grotto.
21:00 Opening of the gates (Tickets required see below)
23:30 SOLEMN "OFFICE OF READINGS".
00.00 PONTIFICAL EUCHARISTIC CONCELEBRATION (Tickets required)

Monday, December 25, 2017 - Christmas Day:
- In the Manger Grotto
2:30 Low masses until 5:15 (no tickets required), interruption from 5:30 to 7:00 approximately.
- At St. Catherine's Church
7:30 Christmas mass in Arabic
10.00 PONTIFICAL CHRISTMAS MASS IN ARABIC AND LATIN.
14:00 Pilgrimage to the Greek and then to the Latin Shepherd’s Field.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Feast of St. Stephen:
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 7:30

- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy masses at 6:30 (Italian) and 7:00 (Arabic)
12:00 Daily procession to the Grotto of the Nativity

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Feast of St. John Evangelist
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 8:30 (Italian)
- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy masses at 7:30 (Italian), 9:00 (Arabic) and 11:00 (Arabic)
16.45 Veneration of the Rock of Manger Grotto

Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Feast of the Holy Innocents:
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 7:30
- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy masses at 6:30 (Italian) and 7:00 (Arabic)
12:00 Daily Procession to the Grotto of the Nativity
- In the Grotto of the Holy Innocents
10:00 SUNG MASS (Latin)
14:00 Vespers in the Grotto of the Holy Innocents

Friday, December 29, 2017:
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 7:30
- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy masses at 6:30 (Italian) and 7:00 (Arabic)
12:00 Daily procession to the Grotto.
- At Shepherd’s Field
15:00 Solemn Mass at in commemoration of the Shepherds

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy Masses at 5:00 and at 8:30
- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy masses at 6:30 (Italian), 7:30; 9:00; 11:00; 16:30 (Arabic)

Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Feast of the Holy Family:
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 7:30
- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy mass at 6:30 (Italian)
14:00 SOLEMN VESPERS WITH PROCESSION TO THE GROTTO
16:00 Eucharistic adoration and Mass of Thanksgiving (Arabic) with TE DEUM

2018

Monday, January 1, 2018 - New Year
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 7:30
- At St. Catherine's Church
Holy masses at 6:30 (Italian) and 7:30 (Arabic)
10:30 SOLEMN MASS (Arabic) followed by procession to the Milk Grotto with the Icon of Virgin Mary

Friday, January 5, 2018 – Eve of Epiphany:
- In the Manger Grotto
Holy masses at 5:00 and 7:30
- At Rachel's Tomb
11:00 Fr. Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land is welcomed by the Latin Parish Priest and other representatives of Bethlehem
- At Manger Square
11:30 Solemn entry of the Custos of the Holy Land into the Basilica of the Nativity and St. Catherine Church.
- At St. Catherine's Church
13:45 PONTIFICAL VESPERS AND PROCESSION TO THE GROTTO
15:30 Office of Readings and procession to the Grotto

Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Feast of Epiphany:
- At the Manger Grotto
Holy masses starting from 00:00 until 9:00 with an interruption between 1:00 and 2:30 (approx.)
- At St. Catherine's Church
7:30 Holy Mass
10:00 PONTIFICAL MASS (Latin and Arabic)
15:30 Solemn vespers and traditional solemn procession to the Grotto of the Nativity: Veneration of the Infant Jesus with gifts of Gold, incense and myrrh

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