Official guide to Christmas Mass Celebrations in Bethlehem 2011

Christmas Mass in BethlehemIf you’re celebrating Christmas in Israel, here’s the official list of Christmas Mass celebrations in Bethlehem this year.

And if you’re looking for something further afield, check out our guide to the Top 10 things to see and do to feel festive in the Holy Land!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

DECEMBER 24 (Saturday) 1.00 pm at the Tomb of Rachel The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal is welcomed by Latin Parish Priest of Bethlehem and representatives of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.
2.30 pm at the Manger Square Solemn Entry of His Beatitude into the Basilica of the Nativity and St. Catherine Church followed by Pontifical Vespers.
4.00 pm at St. Catherine Daily Procession to the Nativity Grotto.
9.00 pm at St. Catherine The Church opens (Tickets required).
11.10 pm at St. Catherine SOLEMN “OFFICE OF READINGS”.
DECEMBER 25 (Sunday) 0.00 am at St. Catherine PONTIFICAL EUCHARISTIC CONCELEBRATION (Tickets required)
0.00 am at the Manger Grotto Low Masses till 1.30 am in Arabic (Tickets required)
1.30 am at St. Catherine Solemn traditional Procession to the Grotto until 2.30am.
2.30 am at the Manger Grotto Low Masses till 5.15 pm (no tickets required),
Interruption at 5.30 am till 7.00 am approximately.
7.30 am at St. Catherine PARISH MASS IN ARABIC.
10.00 am at St. Catherine PONTIFICAL CHRISTMAS MASS IN ARABIC AND LATIN.
2.00 pm Pilgrimage to the Greek and then to the Latin Shepherd’s Field.
DECEMBER 26 (Monday) – Feast of St. Stephen In the Manger Grotto at 5.00 am and 7.30 Holy Masses
At St. Catherine at 6.30 am (Italian), 7.00 am (Arabic) Holy Masses
12.00 pm Daily Procession to the Grotto
DECEMBER 27 (Tuesday) – Feast of St. John Evangelist In the Manger Grotto at 5.00 am and 7.30 Holy Masses
At St. Catherine at 6.30 am (Italian) and 7.00 am (Arabic) Holy Masses
12.00 pm Daily Procession to the Grotto
DECEMBER 28 (Wednesday) – Feast of the Holy Innocents At St. Catherine at 6.30 am (Italian) and 7.00 am (Arabic) Holy Masses
10.00 am SUNG MASS (Latin) IN THE GROTTO OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS.
12.00 pm Daily Procession to the Grotto.
2.00 pm Vespers in the Grotto of the Holy Innocents.
DECEMBER 29 (Thursday) In the Manger Grotto at 5.00 am and 7.30 am Holy Masses
12.00 pm Daily Procession to the Grotto
3.00 pm Shepherd’s Field, Solemn Mass at in commemoration of the Shepherds.
DECEMBER 31 (Saturday) In the Manger Grotto at 5.00 am and 7.30 am Holy Masses
2.00 pm SOLEMN VESPERS WITH PROCESSION TO THE GROTTO.
4.30 pm Holy Mass of Thanksgiving (Arabic) with TE DEUM.
2012, JANUARY 1 (Sunday) In the Manger Grotto at 5.00 am and 7.30 Holy Masses
At St. Catherine at 6.30 am (Italian), 7.30 am (Arabic), 9.00 am (Arabic) Holy Masses
11.00 am (Arabic) SOLEMN MASS followed by Procession to the Milk Grotto with the Icon of Virgin Mary.
JANUARY 5 (Tuesday) – Eve of Epiphany In the Manger Grotto at 5.00 am and 7.30 Holy Masses
11.00 am at the Tomb of Rachel His Paternity the Custos of the Holy Land is welcomed by Latin Parish Priest
and other representatives of Bethlehem.
1.45 pm at St. Catherine PONTIFICAL VESPERS AND PROCESSION TO THE GROTTO.
3.30 pm at St. Catherine OFFICE OF READINGS AND PROCESSION TO THE GROTTO.
JANUARY 6 (Wednesday) – Epiphany Midnight at the Grotto Holy Masses till 9.00 am with an interruption between 1.00 am and 2.30 am approximately.
7.00 am at St. Catherine Holy Mass.
10.00 am at St. Catherine PONTIFICAL MASS (Latin and Arabic).
3.30 pm at St. Catherine SOLEMN VESPERS AND SOLEMN TRADITIONAL PROCESSION TO THE GROTTO:
VENERATION OF THE INFANT JESUS WITH THE GIFTS OF GOLD, INCENSE AND MYRRH.

1 Comment

  1. Beata

    December 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Hi everyone – I would recommend you checking as well the blog of Visitor Information Center in Bethlehem for more information about Christmas season – http://vicbethlehem.wordpress.com/ – There are going to many nice activities and festivals!

    Have a nice day!

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