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Christmas day worship?

Do most the Christian churches have a service on Christmas? Among the variety of churches would a person who attends Christmas service explain what happens and goes on during the extra service.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:49 AM on Dec. 19, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • For Catholics Christmas is a Holy Day of Obligation - Catholics are required to attend Mass on Christmas (or Christmas Eve Vigil). It's basically the same as other Masses with two main parts - Liturgy of the Word (readings from the bible) and the Liturgy of the Eucharist (Holy Communion). The bible readings include one of the gospel accounts of the Nativity of Christ. Sometimes there might be a prelude of music before the Mass. We have a children's Mass for Christmas as the children sing and play music beforehand - it's so cute.

    Answer by eringobrough at 3:42 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

  • We have Mass on Christmas Day (or Christmas Eve) and it's exactly the same as the regular Sunday Mass except that the communion line is extra long (Easter Day too) because many prefer to attend Mass only on the major holy days instead of every holy day, and if it's a Children's Liturgy a children's choir might sing before Mass.
    [A few years back, when Christmas Day landed on a Sunday, several protestant churches in our area closed/did not have a worship service. It was a big hoopla on the local news stations, and pastors were interviewed. They said they were closing because "Christmas was about being with family." Interesting...]

    Answer by flatlanderjenn at 3:43 PM on Dec. 19, 2009

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