Christmas services 2018: Candlelit masses, pageants, carols and celebrations

by beth on December 24, 2018

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Above: For many in town, tonight is about a lot more than hanging the stockings by the chimney with care. (Photo posted to Flickr by Marcuss Hansson.)

Here are the masses and festivities planned by churches in town in honor of Christmas Eve and morning.

Christmas Eve Services

Monday, December 24, 2018:

St. Anne Parish (website)

  • Christmas Eve Mass: 5:00 and 11:00 pm (The 11:00 pm mass includes a performance by the adult choir.)

First Community Church (website)*

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (Note: In past years, I had that listed at 6:30 pm – but I couldn’t find a listing this year.)*

Pilgrim Congregational Church (website)

  • Pageant Service 6:30 pm
  • Candlelight Service 10:00 pm
  • Jesus’ Birthday Party 11:00 pm
St. Mark's Episcopal is one of three churches in town holding their annual Christmas Pageant (image from church website)

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (website)

  • Children’s Christmas Pageant with Eucharist: 4:00 pm
  • Festival Holy Eucharist with Choir at 10:00 pm (music prelude begins at 9:45 pm)

Saint Matthew Parish (website)

  • Nativity of the Lord, Vigil Mass with Children’s Pageant: 4:00 pm
  • Nativity of the Lord, Vigil Masses: 5:30 pm and 10:00 pm

Christmas Day Services*

Tuesday, December 25, 2018:

St. Anne Parish (website)

  • Nativity of the Lord Christmas Day Masses: 9:00 and 11:00 am

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (website)

  • Holy Eucharist with Carols: 10:00 am

Saint Matthew Parish (website)

  • Nativity of the Lord Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, and 11:00 am

*Editor’s Note: In past years, I also listed Chinese Gospel Church as holding a Christmas Eve service and the First Community Church as holding an 11:00 am Christmas Day Service. This year, I couldn’t find schedules posted for Christmas services at those churches and didn’t have a chance to check in with them before signing off for my Christmas break. (I still listed the First Community Church as having a candlelight Christmas Eve mass as that is described as an ongoing tradition on its website.)

(Images of pageant shepherds from the website for St. Mark’s church – one of the three churches in Town holding an annual nativity Children’s Pageant)

Updated (12/24/18 2:46 pm):  when I wrote the post well past midnight, I accidentally included some references from past years posts that made no sense today!  I just cleaned those up . 

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