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Nativity Christmas

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December 24-25

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

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“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

Highlights of the feast

December 24

Bethlehem*, Church of Nativity -
Noon:
The Patriarchal procession leaves from the Old City in Jerusalem to the Monastery of Mar Elias, and proceeds thence to the Church of the Nativity via the Bethlehem checkpoint. Midnight: The Midnight Mass is held at the Church of St. Catherine followed by a procession and visit to the Grotto of Nativity.

December 25

Bethlehem*: During the day, Masses are celebrated in the Church and in the Grotto. Shepherds Field*: Special Christmas Mass is celebrated at 14:00 hours. Christmas services are held in various Protestant churches in Bethlehem*, in Shepherds Field - Beit Sahour* and in Jerusalem (A,P).

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Shepherds’ field - The sanctuary of the “Gloria in Excelsis” in Bet-Sahur*.
  • The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem*.

*Under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

 

Visiting the site/s may require special arrangements, including coordination for transportation and guides



 

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