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Midnight Mass 2018 | The Joy of Christmas

Midnight Mass Christmas 2018.jpgChristmas is close - very close. We're well into the busy December holiday season. By this point, many of us long for something more - more than shopping, planned gift giving and hectic social gatherings.

Joy, peace and gratitude are the season's brighter lights. We look for them amidst the clutter of commercialism. Christmas Midnight Mass for many is the capstone of the season. It draws us nearer to the purpose of the holidays - gathering together, joining in Christmas Carols, and focusing on the good news - the Angel's message to the shepherds, "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord."

The Vatican Christmas Eve Midnight Mass is the most watched mass in the world - and, it is not at midnight. The Vatican's December 24th "Midnight" Mass starts at 9:15 pm. Tickets to it are prized the world over and applied for months in advance.

Tickets to Midnight Mass in Bethlehem are also sought after by pilgrims from throughout the world. The Midnight Christmas Mass at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral evokes the great spirit of Christmas - and thousands of worshipers apply by lottery for a pass to attend the service.

For those of us in California, we have many choices depending on where we live. Many in Los Angeles will seek to attend the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Midnight Mass, at the Cathedral of Our Lady Of the Angels. The Mass starts on Tuesday, December 25th at 12:00 AM.

Farther north in San Francisco Christmas Eve Midnight Mass will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral and starts at 12:00 midnight. The Christmas Solemn Vigil with Choir and Strings across town at St. Ignatius Church will also start at Midnight. Carols begin at 11:30 PM.

Of course, many communities have their own Midnight Masses and their schedules can usually be found on their websites. Whatever your plans for Christmas or Christmas Eve, we wish you a peaceful and joyous season. Merry Christmas.

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