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MAIN CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - BETHLEHEM 2019/2020

December 15 - 23, 2019:
16:30 Novena of Christmas in St Catherine.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019 - Christm as 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 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)

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Christmas Day:
- In the Manger Grotto
2:30 Low masses every 30 minutes in different languages until 5:15 (no tickets required), interruption from 5:30 to 7:00 approx. then Masses continue until 16:30.
- At St. Catherine Church
7:30 Christmas mass in Arabic
10.00 Pontifical Christmas Mass (Arabic/ Latin)
14:00 Pilgrimage to the Greek and then to the Latin Shepherd’s Field.

Thursday, December 26, 2019 – Feast of St. Stephen:
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- At St. Catherine Church
10:00 Holy Mass (Arabic)
12:00 Daily procession to the Grotto of the Nativity

Friday, December 27, 2019 – Feast of St. John Evangelist
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- At St. Catherine Church
8:00 Holy Mass (Arabic)
16:45 Veneration of the Rock of Manger Grotto

Saturday, December 28, 2019 – Feast of the Holy Innocents:
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- In the Grotto of the Holy Innocents
8:00 Holy Mass (Arabic)
10:00 Solemn Sung Mass (Latin)
14:00 Vespers

- At St. Catherine Church
12:00 Daily Procession to the Grotto of the Nativity

Sunday, December 29, 2019 - Feast of the Holy Family:
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- At St. Catherine Church
8:00 Holy Mass (Arabic)
12:00 Daily procession to the Grotto.

- At Shepherds' Field
17:00 Solemn Mass at in commemoration of the Shepherds

Monday, December 30, 2019 - Feast of the Holy Family:
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 – New Year's Eve:
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- At St. Catherine Church
14:00 Solemn Vespers with procession to the Grotto
16:30 Eucharistic adoration
17:30 Mass of Thanksgiving (Arabic) with TE DEUM

2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - New Year
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- At St. Catherine Church
7:30 Holy Mass (Arabic)
10:30 Solemn Mass (Arabic) followed by procession to the Milk Grotto with the Icon of Virgin Mary

Sunday, January 5, 2020 – Eve of Epiphany:
- In the Manger Grotto
4:55 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)
7:30 Holy Mass (Participation of groups is not possible!)

- 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 Church
13:45 Pontifical Vespers and procession to the Grotto
15:30 Office of Readings and procession to the Grotto

Monday, January 6, 2020 – Feast of Epiphany:
- At the Manger Grotto
00:00 Holy Masses every 30 minutes until 9:00 with an interruption between 1:00 and 2:30 (approx.)

- At St. Catherine Church
10:00 Pontifical Mass (Latin/ 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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