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Pope's liturgical schedule for Christmas season

Catholic World News - December 22, 2010

The Vatican has confirmed the full schedule of liturgical events at which Pope Benedict XVI will preside during the Christmas season this year.

The Pope will begin the celebration with midnight Mass in St. Peter’s basilica on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day he will appear on the loggia of the Vatican basilica at noon for the traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas blessing.

On December 31, the Holy Father will preside at the first Vespers for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the annual singing of the Te Deum in thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year. Then on January 1 he will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s basilica for the feast day, also formally delivering his message for the World Day of Peace.

Pope Benedict will also celebrate Mass on January 6 for the feast of the Epiphany, and on January 9, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, he will preside at Mass and the Baptism of several infants in the Sistine Chapel.

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