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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Announcing the Papal Christmas Schedule including a very early "midnight" Mass
Neapolitan Crib, St. Peter's Square, Christmas 2017 @ Vatican Media
ANNOUNCEMENT: Pope’s Christmas Vigil Mass to Begin Earlier at 7:30 P.M., Meeting Italian Curfew
Vatican Publishes Calendar of Pope’s December – January Liturgical Celebrations ‘With Very Limited Participation’ Due to Pandemic
As the world still grapples the COVID19 pandemic, and Italy has been enforcing a 10 p.m. curfew, Pope Francis’ Christmas vigil will take place earlier this year, at 7:30 p.m. Usually the Pope’s ‘Midnight Mass’ began about 9 p.m.
This adjustment was announced in the calendar of the Pope’s December 2020 – January 2021 liturgical celebrations, published by the Holy See Press Office today, Dec. 10, 2020.
“Participation in the celebrations,” it clarified, “will be very limited, with faithful identified according to the methods used in recent months.”
The note assured all will be done “in compliance with the protection measures provided” and remains “subject to changes due to the health emergency.”
To date, more than 60,000 people have died from COVID19 in Italy.
Tomorrow will be the inauguration, always with limit participation, of the Vatican’s Nativity Scene and tree lighting, which can be followed along via Vatican Media.
Below is the Vatican-provided Calendar for the Christmas season:
December 2020 Thursday 24 Solemnity of the Birth of the Lord St. Peter’s Basilica, 7.30 pm Evening Holy Mass
Friday 25 Solemnity of the Birth of the Lord St. Peter’s Basilica, 12 noon “Urbi et Orbi” Blessing
Thursday 31 Solemnity of Mary Most Holy Mother of God St. Peter’s Basilica, 5 pm First Vespers and Te Deum in thanksgiving for the past year
January 2021 Friday 1st Solemnity of Mary Most Holy Mother of God LIV World Day of Peace St. Peter’s Basilica, 10 am Holy Mass
Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord St. Peter’s Basilica, 10 am Holy Mass *** Participation in the celebrations will be very limited, with faithful identified according to the methods used in recent months, in compliance with the protection measures provided and subject to changes due to the situation sanitary.