Christmas 2010 in Israel; service and mass schedules

From Bethlehem to Jerusalem, find out where to pray this holiday season in the holy land.

Church 311 (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Church 311
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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In Israel for the holidays? Whether you are Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox or any other sect of Christianity, there are plenty of places to celebrate Christmas this year in the holy land.
This week, thousands will ascend upon the infamous Church of the Nativity located Bethlehem. On Christmas Eve visitors and locals will crowd the church's ancient doorways and gather on the roof to watch for the striking procession. However there are many other historical and religious Christian sites to visit this Christmas season and there is certainly no shortage of services to attend.
Here is a list by Travelujah.com of just some of church’s service schedules:
Christmas Services in Jerusalem and Bethlehem
Anglican Cathedral of St. George
(Tel: 02-627-1670, Fax 02-627-3847)
20 Nablus Road, www.j-diocese.org
Dec 24, 2010 
4:00PM
Carol Service in the Shepherds Field (YMCA) of Beit Sahour
Arabic and English
7:00PM
Buses depart from the Cathedral in Jerusalem tor Bethlehem
Reservations required. Deadline for reservations is Dec. 15
Contact the Cathedral at the above phone number for details.
 
9:00PM
Service of Lessons & Carols in the Nativity Church of Bethlehem
Buses return to Jerusalem following the service
Arabic and English
11:30PM
Holy Eucharsit "Midnight Mass" for the feast of the Nativity at the
Cathedral, Jerusalem
Arabic and English
Dec 25, 2010
8:00AM
Holy Eucharist, Christmas Day
English
10:00AM
Holy Eucharist, Christmas Day
Arabic and English
6:00PM
Evening Prayer
English
Dec 26, 2010
8:00AM
Holy Eucharist, St. Stephen's Day
English
9:30AM
Holy Eucharist
Arabic and English
11:00AM
Holy Eucharist
English
Christ Church
(Tel: 02-627-7727/9, Fax 02-628-2999)
Jaffa Gate
Dec 24, 2010
7:00PM-10:00PM
Christmas Carols in the Church
10:30PM
Nine Lessons and Carols with Eucharist
 
Dec 25, 2010

10:30PM
Family Christmas Service with Eucharist
 
 Dec 31, 2010
11:00PM
New Year's Eve Service With Eucharist
 
 
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF REDEEMER
(Tel: 02-626-6800, Fax 02-627-6222)
Old City, Muristan Road
(services in Arabic and German)
 
Dec 24, 2010
 4:00PM
 Service in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem
 Arabic
 5:00PM
 Service the Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem
 Multilingual
 10:30PM*
 Christmette in Redeemer Church, Jerusalem
 German
Dec 25, 2010
 9:00AM*
 Holy Eucharist Service in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Redeemer Church, Jerusalem
 Arabic
 10:30AM
 Abendmahlsgottesdienst in Redeemer Church
 German
*For organizational reasons admission only with free tickets, available on request from propstei@redeemer-jerusalem.com or 02-6266800 These tickets need to be picked up in our congregational office during our opening hours until December 21st 2010.
 
 Dec 26, 2010
 10:30AM
 Abendmahlsgottesdienst in Redeemer Church
 German
Dec 31, 2010
 5:00PM
 New Years Eve Service in Redeemer Church
 Arabic
 7:00PM
 Gottesdienst zum Jehreswechel in Redeemer Church
 German
Jan 01, 2011
 11:00AM
 Neujahrsandacht in Himmelfahrkirche, Augusta Victoria Gelände
 Arabic
Jan 02, 2011
 5:00PM
 Abendmahlsgottesdienst zum Neuen Jahr, Latrun/Jesusbruderschaft in Redeemer Church
 German

Lutheran Church:
Services in English
Dec 23, 2010
 9:00AM
 Service and Eucharist, St. John Chapel, Redeemer Church
 English
Dec 24, 2010
 5:00PM
 Service in the Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bethlehem
 Multilingual
Dec 25, 2010
 10:00AM
 Service and Eucharist, St. John Chapel, Redeemer Church
 English
Dec 30, 2010
 9:00AM
 Service and Eucharist, St. John Chapel, Redeemer Church
 English
 
Church Of The Ascension
(Tel. 628-7704, Fax. 627-3148)
Augusta Victoria Compound, Mount of Olives
 Dec 26, 2010
 4:00PM
 Christmas Carol Singing
 
 Jan 01, 2011
 11:00AM
 Neujahrsandacht in Himmelfahrtskirche
 Arabic
Jan 06, 2011
 5:00PM
 Abendmahlsgottesdienst zu Epiphanias
 German

St. Andrew's Scots Memorial Church
(Tel. 673-2401, Fax. 673-1711)
David Remez Street, 1
 
Dec 24, 2010
 11:15PM
 Christmas Watchnight Service
 English
Dec 25, 2010
 10:15AM
 Christmas Communion Service
 English
 
 
The Danish Luth. Church - The Danish Israel Mission
(Tel. 532-4254, Fax. 532-4254)
Bar Kochba Street 91/5 - Mob. 054-442-3154 (Pastor Jakob Wilms Niesen)

 Dec 24, 2010
  2:00PM
  Julegudstjeneste i Sct. John's Chapel
 Danish
 
Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission
(Tel. 628-8631, Fax. 628-4561)
Shivtei Israel Street 25
 
Dec 25, 2010
 9:00AM
 Christmas Worship
 Finnish
Jan 02, 2011
 3:00PM
 Worship Service
 Finnish
 
Jerusalem International Y.M.C.A.
(Tel. 569-2692, Fax. 6253438)
King David Street 26
Dec 24, 2010
 7:00PM
 Christmas Eve Family Carol Service
 English

Swedish Theological Institute
(Tel.625-3822, Fax. 6254460)
Prophets' Street 58
 Dec 25, 2010
 6:00PM
 Julagen Christmas Day
 Swedish
Jan 01, 2011
 6:00PM
 New Year's Day
 Swedish
Y.M.C.A., East Jerusalem
(Tel. 628-6888, 628-5210 Fax. 627-6301)
Nablus Road 29
Dec 24, 2010
 4:30PM
 Christmas Eve Service at Y.M.C.A. Shepherds' Fields, Beit Sahour. Buses will leave from East Jerusalem YMCA at 3:30PM. (Fees: US$ 7.00 per person)
N.B.: Last day for registration for the bus is December 22.

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Catholic Celebrations in Bethlehem and Jerusalem

In the Grotto of the Nativity, in St. Catherine's Church and other Sanctuaries
Bethlehem
 Dec 15-23, 2010
 4:30PM
 Novena of Christmas in St. Catherine
Dec 24, 2010
 1:00PM   Tomb of Rachel: His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, is welcomed by, Latin Parish Priest of Bethlehem and representatives of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.
 1:30PM  Manager Square: Solemn Entry of His Beatitude into the Basilica of the Navtivity and St. Catherine Church followed by Pontifical Vespers.
 4:00PM  St. Catherine: Procession to the Nativity Grotto.
 10:00PM  St. Catherine: The Church opens. Tickets, free of charge, required.
 11:00PM  St. Catherine: Solemn "Office of Readings".
Dec 25, 2010
 12:00MN  St Catherine: Pontifical Eucharisitc Concelebration
 12:00MN  The Grotto: Low Masses till 1:30AM in Arabic (Tickets required); from 2:30AM Interruption at 5:30AM till 7:00AM approximately
 1:30AM  St. Catherine: Solemn traditional Procession to the Grotto until 2:30AM.
 10:00AM  St. Catherine: Pontifical
2:00PM  Pilgrimage to the Orthodox Grotto of the Shepherds and the Latin Chapel of Shepherds' Field.
Dec 26, 2010 Feast of the Holy Family (Stephen's Day)
 
 St. Catherine: Holy Masses at 6:30AM, 7:30AM, 9:00AM Solemn Mass, 11:00AM, 4:30PM.
Dec 27, 2010 Feast of St. John Evangelist
 
 St. Catherine: Holy Masses at 6:30AM, 7:00AM.
Dec 28, 2010 Feast of the Holy Innocents
 
 St. Catherine: Holy Masses at 6:30AM, 7:00AM.
10:00AM  Sung Mass in the Grotto of the Holy Innocents.
 3:00PM  Vespers in the Grotto of the Holy innocents.
Dec 29, 2010
 3:00PM
 Shepherds' Fields, Bet Sahour: Solemn Mass in commemoration of the Shepherds.
Dec 31, 2010 New Year's Eve
 4:30PM  Holy Mass of thanksgiving with TE DEUM
Jan 01, 2011
 11:00AM  Solemn Mass at St. Catherine followed by Procession to the Milk Grotto.
 4:30PM  Holy Mass at Church of St. Francis
Jan 02, 2011
 St. Catherine: Holy Masses at 6:30AM 7:30AM, 11:00AM, 4:30PM.
Jan 05, 2011
 11:00AM  Tomb of Rachel: His Paternity the Custos of the Holy Land is welcomed by Latin Parish Priest and other representatives of Bethlehem.
11:30AM  Manager Square: Solemn Entry of his Paternity the Custos of the Holy Land into the Basilica of the Nativity and St. Catherine Church.
 
1:45PM  St. Catherine: Pontifical Vespers and Procession to the Grotto.
 3:30PM  St. Catherine: Office Readings and Procession to the Grotto.
Jan 06, 2011
 12:00MN  The Grotto:Holy Masses till 12:00AM with an interruption between 5:00AM and 7:00AM
 7:00AM  St. Catherine: Holy Mass
 10:00AM  St. Catherine: Pontifical Eucharistic Concelebration.
 3:30PM St. Catherine: Sung Vespers and Solemn traditional Procession to the Grotto: Veneration of the Infant Jesus with the gifts of gold, incense and myrrh
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Orthodox Christmas Services 2011 in Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Greek, Syrian and Coptic Churches
(Tel. 274-1020)
Basilica of the Nativity, Manager Square
 Jan 06, 2011
8:30AM The Syrian Archbishop arrives at Manager Square
 
10:00AM The Coptic Archbishop arrives at Manager Square
 
11:00AM H.B. the Greek Patriarch arrives at Manager Square Vespers, Liturgy ends at 3:30PM
 
1:00PM Syrian first Liturgy and Exaltation of the Holy Cross in The Grotto
 
2:30PM Coptic Vespers
 
3:00PM Syrian Vespers
10:30PM Greek Matins
 
10:40PM Syrian Mid-Night and morning official Order Prayers
 
11:00PM Coptic Mid-Night and morning official Order Prayers
 
12:00MN Greek Service, ends at 3:30AM
 
Jan 07,2011
 
2:00AM-5:00AM  High Liturgy and the Second Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the Grotto
 
 
Romanian Church
(Tel. 626-4628)
The Romanian Church participates in all liturgies and prayers of the Greek Orthodox Church.
 
Ethiopian Church
(Tel. 628-2848, Fax. 626-4189)
Ethiopian monastery of Peace-Church of Eyesus, Milk Grotto Street
 
Jan 06, 2011
3:00PM Arrival at the Manager Square and procession to the Church of Eyesus
 
4:00PM  Vespers till 5:00PM
 
8:45PM  Bells, prayers and veneration of the Icons
 
9:50PM  Laudes (Mahlet)
12:00MN  Midnight Liturgy (Kidassie)
 
Jan 07, 2011
6:00AM Dispersal or completion of the Festivity
 
Armenian Church
(Tel. 274-2410)
Basilica of the Nativity, Manager Square
Jan 18, 2011
11:00AM Arrival of the H.B. the Armenian Patriarch on Manager Square

2:30PM Entry in the Basilica of Nativity - Vespers and Christmas Eve Mass

10:00PM Armenian Midnight Service, ends at 1:00AM
Jan 19, 2011
1:00AM Blessing of the Holy Water & Episcopal High Mass in the Grotto, ends at 6:00AM
 
 JERUSALEM
Greek Church
(Tel. 628-2025)
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City
Jan 06, 2011
11:15PM  Midnight Service

Romanian Church, Shivtei Israel Street 46
(Tel. 626-4628)
 
Jan 06, 2011
7:00PM Vespers

Jan 07/08/09
8:30AM Holy Liturgy
Russian Church St. Mary Magdalene, Gethsemane
(Tel. 628-4371, Fax. 628-2367)
Jan 06, 2011
10:00AM
Vespers, Liturgy of St. Basil

5:00PM Vigil Service
Jan 07, 2011
8:00AM Divine Liturgy

4:30PM Vespers

 Jan 08, 2011
7:00AM Divine Liturgy
Russian Church (Moscow Mission), Russian Compound, Kheshin Street
(Tel. 625-2565, Fax. 625-6325)
 Jan 06, 2011
5:00PM

Jan 07, 2011
12:00MN

Armenian Church
(Tel. 628-2331, Mob. 052-931-8578)
Jan 25, 2011
3:00PM Vespers in St. James Cathedral
 Holy Sepulchre:

Jan 26, 2011
8:30AM High Mass
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