Christmas Midnight Mass on BBC but without a congregation

The first Mass of Christmas will be broadcast by the BBC from St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham – but there won't be a congregation.

The Mass will be shown on BBC One with coverage starting at 11.45pm on Christmas Eve.

But, due to Covid restrictions, there is no admission to the cathedral and people are asked to join via the BBC broadcast only.

Mgr Timothy Menezes, Cathedral Dean, said he was delighted the BBC were returning once again.

He said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the first Mass of Christmas in the company of a television audience.

"This will be a very special occasion for the cathedral and the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

“The cathedral team are working hard on a very special festive programme and it will be a highlight of the season.

“For all those people who are unable to get to Mass in person this Christmas you are warmly invited to join us via your television.”

The celebrant is the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley.

Music Director David Saint will lead the cathedral choir in compositions spanning 500 years, from the Christmas motet Tui sunt caeli by 16th composer Orlando Lassus, to Richard Causton’s haunting 21st Century Cradle Song.

Well-loved carols include O Come, All Ye Faithful, Silent Night and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

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