Christmas services 2020: Limited capacity attendance and streamed Candlelit masses, pageants, and carols

by beth on December 24, 2020

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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.)

Normally, church pews are packed to (or beyond) capacity for special Christmas Eve Masses and celebrations. Tonight and tomorrow, some Southborough churches will continue to echo as masses are recorded for streaming from empty chambers. Others are allowing in-person attendance with strict capacity limits and pre-registration required.

Below are the details.

Christmas Eve Services

Thursday, December 24, 2020:

St. Anne Parish (website)

  • Christmas Vigil masses at 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm (View the live stream or click here to pre-register for in-person attendance)

First Community Church (website)*

  • Services are all virtual these days. Click here for their podcast page to check for the most recent audio streamed service.

Pilgrim Congregational Church (website)

  • Pageant Service via zoom at 6:30 pm (contact the office for registration details) 
  • Candlelight Service via zoom at 9:00 pm (contact the office for registration details)
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)

  • 3pm Children’s Christmas Pageant via Livestream
    7pm Candlelit Service via Livestream (Will be available to stream all evening)

Saint Matthew Parish (website)

  • pre-registration was required by yesterday afternoon for 4:00, 5:30, & 8:30 pm masses
  • Masses will be livestreamed for those not registered

Chinese Gospel Church of Massachusetts (website)

Christmas Day Services 

Friday, December 25, 2020:

St. Anne Parish (website)

  • Nativity of the Lord masses: 8:30 am & 10:30 am  (View the live stream or click here to pre-register for in-person attendance)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (website)

  • Christmas Service with Carols at 10:00 am

Saint Matthew Parish (website)

  • pre-registration was required by yesterday afternoon for Christmas Masses at 7:30 & 10:00 am
  • Masses will be livestreamed for those not registered

(Image of pageant shepherds from the website for St. Mark’s church in a past year when kids could safely gather. This year’s pageants are online.)

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