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#1 Paladin D Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:37 PM

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Does Midnight Mass (night of Christmas Eve) count towards Christmas Day, thus fulfilling the Holy Day of Obligation? Christmas Day lies on a Tuesday this year.

#2 prose Posted 20 December 2007 - 12:51 PM

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Yes, as does any Christmas Eve Mass.

#3 dUSt Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:36 PM

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Yeah, that's why you go, so you can play with your presents all day on Christmas.

#4 Norseman82 Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:01 PM

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Does Midnight Mass (night of Christmas Eve) count towards Christmas Day, thus fulfilling the Holy Day of Obligation? Christmas Day lies on a Tuesday this year.


Why would it not count?

#5 Paladin D Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:03 PM

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For some reason, I thought Christmas Eve Mass was a separate ordeal, which did not count for Christmas Day.

Thanks for the heads up.

#6 brendan1104 Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:34 PM

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Feasts/Sundays begin at First Vespers.

And the day begins at Midnight, so...

Yes.

#7 Paladin D Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:54 PM

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Feasts/Sundays begin at First Vespers.

And the day begins at Midnight, so...

Yes.


What if the Christmas Eve Mass is not on Midnight, but in the evening? Such as 10pm?

#8 Sacred Music Man Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:05 PM

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Then, we remember our Jewish ancestors who began each sabbath/feast at sunset of the previous day. It's all good :P (actually, I can't say this is factual, but I welcome the correct answer as much as Paladin)

#9 prose Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:06 PM

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What if the Christmas Eve Mass is not on Midnight, but in the evening? Such as 10pm?


Every Christmas Eve Mass counts towards the obligation. It is the same as Saturday Mass.

#10 Paladin D Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:10 PM

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Every Christmas Eve Mass counts towards the obligation. It is the same as Saturday Mass.


Cool. :)

#11 elizabeth_jane Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:50 PM

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Yeah, that's why you go, so you can play with your presents all day on Christmas.


:lol: :lol:

#12 qfnol31 Posted 20 December 2007 - 05:18 PM

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What if the Christmas Eve Mass is not on Midnight, but in the evening? Such as 10pm?

I think it can be as early as 4pm or so.

#13 VaticanIILiturgist Posted 20 December 2007 - 06:25 PM

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I think it can be as early as 4pm or so.


4:00pm is regarded as the earliest possible time for anticipatory Masses.

incidentally, there are four Masses of Christmas (Vigil, Midnight, Dawn and Day), any one of which would fulfill your obligation.

#14 Era Might Posted 20 December 2007 - 06:36 PM

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incidentally, there are four Masses of Christmas (Vigil, Midnight, Dawn and Day)

Do they each have different readings or prayers?

#15 Autumn Dusk Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:35 PM

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LOL if a storm is brewing christmas eve that would mean my christmas would start at 3pm on the 24 beucsae it gets dark so fast in the mountians

#16 brendan1104 Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:40 PM

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All different readings and prayers.

#17 Totus Tuus Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:11 AM

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What VaticanIILiturgist mentioned is very interesting.

Edited by Totus Tuus, 21 December 2007 - 08:12 AM.


#18 elizabeth_jane Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:56 PM

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Is it just me, or does anyone else think 4:00 is too early? A lot of parishes in my diocese are foregoing Midnight Mass (which I think is a beautiful and important Catholic tradition) to have these early Masses.

Thoughts?

#19 Autumn Dusk Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:43 PM

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Is it just me, or does anyone else think 4:00 is too early? A lot of parishes in my diocese are foregoing Midnight Mass (which I think is a beautiful and important Catholic tradition) to have these early Masses.

Thoughts?


No. The driving is horrible after dark in new england, especially in the mountain regions with the snow. Midnight Mass is a nice thought but its impractical in many regions.

#20 Ash Wednesday Posted 21 December 2007 - 09:47 PM

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Wow, if midnight mass didn't fulfill the obligation then I'd have been screwed all these years along with the rest of my family because that's the way we always did it.




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