Christmas Midnight Mass is celebrated annually at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, when thousands of worshippers assemble.
Christmas provides hope, and Pope Francis is presiding over the mass. The Sistine Chapel Choir, the oldest continuously performing choir in the world, is also featured in the music.
One of the most popular Christmas masses in the world, you can watch the well-known service at home in 72 countries on five continents if you are unable to visit the Vatican.
How to view the Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican
Watchers can view the Christmas Eve service from St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome during the NBC program. The Sunday, December 24 special starts at 11:30 p.m. ET and ends at one in the morning.
Pope Pius XII celebrated the first ever Christmas Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica in 1954, and since then, it has been televised live. Now, witnessing this most famous mass with hymns and prayers to start the holiday is a valued tradition for many families. In addition, St. Peters is a Michelangelo sculpture, a spectacular dome, and an expansive golden interior. You may watch the midnight mass live on the Vatican YouTube channel if that’s more your style. On December 24, at 1:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. Central European Standard Time), the Mass will start.
There are other places to watch Midnight Mass besides St. Peter’s Basilica. Other ways to commemorate the holy nights are listed below.
TV Christmas mass
The Cathedral of St. Patrick
The Midnight Christmas Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on December 12, 2023, has sold out. Nonetheless, the event will be broadcast live online via the church’s YouTube channel and website.
Abbey at Westminister
Since 960 AD, the renowned Westminster Abbey has had a significant influence on the lives of poets, kings, queens, and notable Britons. Over three thousand notables are buried in the same church that has hosted coronations since 1066. First Eucharist of Christmas night is the name of their midnight mass. Holy Communion, a sermon, Christmas carols, and music by the renowned Abbey Choir are all included in the ninety-minute service. The service will be streamed live from the Abbey’s website. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET on Greenwich Mean Time, or 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Basilica of Sacre Coeur
One of Paris’s most iconic sites is the imposing Sacre Coeur Basilica, which is particularly known for its gorgeous limestone exterior. On December 25, 2023, at 12 a.m. (Central European Time) (6 p.m. ET), a Midnight Mass will begin.
On December 24, there is a Christmas Vigil at 11 p.m., and then Midnight Christmas Mass. Both the KTOTV website and their YouTube page aired the Mass.
Midnight Mass as a Livestream from Christian World Media
Numerous church services and events are available for live streaming every day on Christian World Media. Additionally, they offer sermons from all around the world via video-on-demand.