9pm and 11.30pm
Christmas Eve – MIDNIGHT MASS SERVICES
The tradition of keeping a Mass in the evening before Christmas Day began in the East, and was observed in the late fourth century in Jerusalem by a Christian woman named Egeria on the night of January 5. The tradition reached the Western world in the year 430 under Pope Sixtus III in the Basilica of St Mary Major.
By the twelfth century, the practice of midnight Mass had become more widespread as all priests had been granted the permission to celebrate three Masses on Christmas Day, at their appropriate times of midnight, dawn and later in the day.
For us in the Church of England we love the Services of Christmas Eve. Literally in the darkness of the night a bright light shines, and that light if the Light of the World: the infant Jesus.
Please book free tickets to be with us at either 9pm or 11.30pm and both celebrations will welcome in the birth of the child of Bethlehem and our joy. We can continue to gather for worship, but numbers are limited and social distancing rules apply in order to keep all of us safe.
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon virgin mother and child,
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.