Following is the complete schedule of Christmas Masses which will be celebrated on December 24 and 25, 2020, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral:
Thursday, December 24 in person at the Cathedral, entry with tickets* (a maximum of 25 persons permitted at each Mass):
4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. and midnight
Important: The Archbishop of Montreal Christian Lépine will preside at the 10:00 p.m. Mass, which will be broadcast live by Sel et Lumière. To watch this Mass live, visit:
All Masses on Thursday, December 24, with the exception of the 10:00 p.m. Mass, will also be broadcast in the great parish hall, entry with tickets* (a maximum of 25 persons permitted at each Mass), as well as on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel. Communion will be distributed in the basement for those attending the Mass being broadcast in the great parish hall.
Friday, December 25: At each Mass, the Church doors will remain open until the allowable maximum of 25 persons is reached.
8:00 a.m.: English (Sel et Lumière), 9:30 a.m.: French (Sel et Lumière), 11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The 9:30 a.m. Mass will be presided over by Archbishop Lépine.
To watch the Sel et Lumière Mass live in French:
https://diocesemontreal.org/fr/la-foi-catholique/liturgie-du-jour#messe-quotidienne (This Mass will be available on our website all day).
https://diocesemontreal.org/fr/covid-19/messe-jour (This Mass will be available on our website all day).
To watch the Sel et Lumière Mass live in English:
https://diocesemontreal.org/en/covid-19/daily-mass (This Mass will be available on our website all day).
Masses celebrated on December 25 at 11:00 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. will be broadcast on the Cathedral YouTube channel. Communion will be distributed in the basement for those attending the Mass being broadcast in the great parish hall.
*To attend Masses at the Cathedral on December 24th:
This year, the Faithful must acquire free tickets on the day: i.e., Thursday, December 24, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be available free of charge. They can be obtained in the narthex of the Cathedral and will be distributed by security personnel. Distribution will be made according to the time of the respective Mass. When there are no more tickets available for the Cathedral, tickets will be offered to attend the broadcast in the great parish hall (1110 Mansfield). There is a maximum number of tickets that can be given per family: father, mother and children. There will be no advance reservation of tickets.
To find the schedule of Christmas Masses (in person and virtual) for the respective diocesan parishes and communities, please see our website at: https://www.diocesemontreal.org/en/lets-connect/churches-parishes
‘‘Christmas comes every year to remind us again that God is near,’’ Archbishop Lépine tells us. ‘‘During this ongoing pandemic, let us accept, as never before, the presence of Jesus Christ. Let us entrust to Him our loved ones and all our family members whose company we are unable to enjoy. Let us bring to Him those families and persons who are suffering from loneliness and isolation, so that God’s mercy may bring comfort to their hearts.’’
Our Archbishop encourages the parishes and chapels in the Diocese, where possible, to ring the bells in their places of worship on December 24th at 6:00 p.m., to signal the joy of Christmas reaching out to all our fellow citizens.