Christmas Midnight Mass at Saint Michael’s in Scranton

Celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord, Fr. Michael Stinson, FSSP, assistant pastor of St. Michael the Archangel, offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with a full church in attendance.

Before Mass began, the children’s choir joined with the parish schola offering hymns and carols of the season.

The church was then darkened, and Father made the proclamation of the birth of Christ from the Roman Martyrology. The proclamation recounted the date of the birth of Christ relative to times past  from the creation of the world, from the great flood, from Abraham, from the Exodus out of Egypt, from the reign of David, according to the prophecy of Daniel, according to the Olympiad, from the founding of Rome, and from the beginning of the reign of Augustus Caesar, then concluding with Father accouncing:

“Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the Father, desiring to consecrated the world by His most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and when nine months had passed since His conception, was born of the Virgin Mary, in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:  the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.”

The church was then progressively re-lit, symbolizing the presence of the Light of the World, our Lord Jesus Christ, with Mass following.  Enjoy images of Saint Michael’s.

December 30, 2014