Christmas Eve Mass At St. Patrick’s Cathedral


RD. GOOD EVENING, I’M ALICE GAINER. ON THIS CHRISTMAS EVE, CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE GETTING READY TO ATTEND MIDNIGHT MASS. AT ST. PATRICKS CATHEDRAL, THOUSANDS ARE ARRIVING. Reporter: HEY GUYS, YEAH, IT’S STILL THREE HOURS UNTIL MIDNIGHT MASS, BUT ALREADY PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO GET INSIDE HERE AT ST. PATRICKS. THE UNUSUAL WARM WEATHER, AND OF COURSE THE HOLIDAY TRADITION COMBINING TO DRAW THOUSANDS OF THE CATHOLIC FAITHFUL TONIGHT. WITH A FESTIVE WREATH ABOVE THE OPEN DOORS ST. PATRICK’S ALLOWED THOUSANDS FOR THE SERVICE. THE M CLDMASS ACTUALLY DRAWS MORE PEOPLE THAN THE TRADITIONAL MIDNIGHT MASS ON CHRISTMAS EVE, AND WORSHIPERS WERE PACKED IN THE PEWS AND STANDING IN THE AISLES. SOME EVEN HAD TO RETREAT OUTDOORS FOR THE RETREAT. THERE WAS NO ROOM IN THE END, WE WERE STANDING OUT IN THE BACK. MINE MOM IS OLDER, SO WE WENT OUTSIDE. Reporte DIANE WENT WITH HER FAMILY, SPECIFICALLY FOR THE CHILDREN’S MASS. WE TRIED TO, BUT IT WAS A LITTLE CROWDED AND WE WERE A LITTLE LATE. IT’S GOOD ENOH THAT WE’RE HERE. Reporte OF COURSE THERE’S ALWAYS THE MIDNIGHT MASS TOO. I DON’T THINK I’LL STAY UP THAT LATE. I STILL HAVE A LOT TO DO AT HOME. Reporter: THE CROWDS WERE SO BIG, MANHATTAN NATIVE, RAY ARRIVED TO MAKE SURE THEY COULD GET A SEAT. YOU DON’T GET TIMES LIKE THIS, IN A LIFETIME. IT’S WORTH THE WAIT? OF COURSE, WORTH THE WAIT, YEP. Reporter: HE SAYS IT’S WORTH THE WAIT. NOW IF YOU’RE THINK BEING COMING DOWN HERE AT THE LAST MINUTE, I WANT YOU TO BE AWARE, YOU DO HAVE TO HAVE TICKETS TO GET INTO MIDNIGHT MASS HERE AT ST. PATRICKS. IT IS THE ONE HOLIDAY MASS WHERE THEY REQUIRE PEOPLE TO HAVE TICKETS IN ADVANCE, AND THEY TELL ME SOME FOLKS ACTUALLY PUT IN THEIR REQUESTS LAST SUMMER. SO MIDNIGHT MASS, JUST UNDER THREE HOURS AWAY. REPORTING LIVE FROM ST. PATRICKS CATHEDRAL, BRIAN CONYBEARE, TV 10/55.

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