The Vatican has issued the calendar of all liturgical celebrations that Pope Francis is slated to preside over during the Advent and Christmas seasons, extending through January of 2014.
Pope Francis opened the liturgical new year by celebrating first Vespers
on Saturday, Nov. 30 inside of St. Peter’s Basilica in anticipation of
the First Sunday of Advent.
During this celebration, the Pope gave a special address to university
students, encouraging the youth to go against the tide of secular
The next day, Dec. 1, the pontiff made a pastoral visit to the Roman
parish of “San Cirillo Alessandrino,” Saint Cyril of Alexandria, where
he celebrated Mass for the First Sunday of Advent at 6 p.m.,
administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to youths present and
emphasizing to parishioners that life is a journey of encounter with
On Sunday Dec. 8 in honor of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Pope will paid to Mary Immaculate
at 4 p.m. in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna.
Tuesday Dec. 24, Pope Francis will celebrate the Solemnity of the
Nativity of the Lord with Midnight Mass, which will be held at 9:30 p.m.
in the Papal Chapel of the Vatican Basilica.
Christmas day, Wednesday Dec. 25, the pontiff will honor the Solemnity
of the Nativity of the Lord with a special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing at 12
p.m. from the central loggia of the Vatican Basilica.
The “Urbi et Orbi” is a special blessing which including a papal address
and an Apostolic Blessing given to the city of Rome and to the entire
world on certain significant occasions in the Church.
On Tuesday Dec. 31, Pope Francis will celebrate the first Vespers and
“Te Deum” at 5 p.m. in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of Mary
Mother of God, offering special thanksgiving for the past year.
In January, the Pope will honor the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God and
47th World Day of Peace, both occuring on the first of the month, with
Mass in the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m.
For the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord on Monday Jan. 6, the
pontiff will celebrate Mass in the Vatican Basilica at 10 a.m.
Pope Francis will bring his Christmas celebrations to a close on Sunday
Jan. 12 for First Sunday after the Epiphany, the Feast of the Baptism of
the Lord, by offering a special Mass, and baptizing newborns in the
Sistine Chapel at 9:45 a.m.