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CHRISTMAS CATHOLIC CELEBRATIONS
2005/2006

in the Grotto of the Nativity and in St. Catherine's Church

BETHLEHEM

(prepared by the Christian Information Centre - Jerusalem)

  DECEMBER 15-23, 2005

03.45 pm At St. Catherine Church:
  Eucharistic Concelebration and Holy Novena for the parish.

  DECEMBER 24 (Saturday)

1.00 pm At the Tomb of Rachel:
His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, is welcomed by, Latin Parish Priest of Bethlehem and representatives of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.
1.30 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.
10.00 pm St. Catherine Church
  is opened. Tickets, free of charge, required.
11.10 pm St. Catherine Church
  Solemn "Office of Readings".

  DECEMBER 25 (Sunday)

Midnight: At St. Catherine:
  Pontifical Eucharistic Concelebration.
Midnight: At the Grotto:
  Low Masses till 5.15 pm with interruption at 1.30 am
  for one hour approximately, and at 5.30 am till 7.00 am approximately.
1.30 am At St. Catherine:
  Solemn traditional Procession to the Grotto.
10.00 am At St. Catherine:
  Chanting of Terce and Pontifical Mass.
2.00 pm Pilgrimage to the Orthodox Grotto
  of the Shepherds and the Latin Chapel of Shepherds' Field.

  DECEMBER 26

At St. Catherine:
  Masses at 6.30, 7.30, 10.00 am., and 4.30 pm.

  DECEMBER 27

5.15 pm At St. Catherine:
  Procession to the Grotto of the Holy Innocents and Sung Vespers.

  DECEMBER 28

Feast of the Holy Innocents:
  Masses at 6.30, 7.30 a.m.
8.00 a.m. Sung Mass.

  DECEMBER 31 (Saturday)

4.30 pm
  Mass and Benediction with the Holy Sacrament.

2006

  JANUARY 1

9.00 am At St. Catherine:
  Mass at 06:30, 07:30, 09:00, 11:00 am. 4:30 p.m.

  JANUARY 5 (Thursday)

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.
11.30 am At the Manger Square:
  Solemn Entry of his Paternity the Custos of the Holy Land into the
  Basilica of the Nativity and St. Catherine Church.
1.30 pm At St. Catherine:
  Pontifical Vespers and Procession to the Grotto.
3.30 pm At St. Catherine:
  Procession to the Grotto.

  JANUARY 6 (Friday)

Midnight At the Grotto:
  Masses till 9.00 am with an interruption
  between 1.00 and 2.00 am approximately.
10.00 am At St. Catherine:
  Pontifical Eucharistic Concelebration.
3.30 pm At St. Catherine:
  Sung Vespers and Solemn traditional Procession to the Grotto.

  JANUARY 8

4:00 pm AT the Latin Chapel of Shepherds' Field:
  High Mass

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
from the Franciscan Friars of Bethlehem
PRAY FOR PEACE

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