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Nativity Christmas

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December 24-25

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

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“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:7)

Highlights of the feast

December 24

Bethlehem*, Church of Nativity -
Noon:
The Patriarchal procession leaves from the Old City in Jerusalem to the Monastery of Mar Elias, and proceeds thence to the Church of the Nativity via the Bethlehem checkpoint. Midnight: The Midnight Mass is held at the Church of St. Catherine followed by a procession and visit to the Grotto of Nativity.

December 25

Bethlehem*: During the day, Masses are celebrated in the Church and in the Grotto. Shepherds Field*: Special Christmas Mass is celebrated at 14:00 hours. Christmas services are held in various Protestant churches in Bethlehem*, in Shepherds Field - Beit Sahour* and in Jerusalem (A,P).

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Shepherds’ field - The sanctuary of the “Gloria in Excelsis” in Bet-Sahur*.
  • The Milk Grotto in Bethlehem*.

*Under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.

 

Visiting the site/s may require special arrangements, including coordination for transportation and guides



 

 Sites & Attractions

 
The ruins of a twelfth-century church now mark the village of Emmaus, toward which two ...
Below the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City, lies the Praetorium, built over the si...
The original buildings of this nineteenth century neighborhood, interspersed with bustl...
This site on the banks of the Jordan River east of Jericho is where ancient Christians ...
The Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) is Israel’s largest fresh-water lake – a prime tourist at...
This unique museum contains 7,000 works of art, crafts, ceramics, lacquer, swords and o...
 

 Accommodations

 
Guest house has four rooms, banquet hall, lobby and classrooms.
Hotel in the eastern part of the city on Salah e-Din Street. There are 54 rooms availab...
​Is a group of three prestigious wooden cabins and suite – each one unique with its own...
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