Midnight Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, is to be broadcast live on BBC 1 television and preparations are well underway.
The Celebrant will be the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, and taking part in the music of the Mass will be the Cathedral Choir under the Director of Music, Timothy Noon.
The Mass will begin at 11.45 pm but those wishing to be in the congregation have to be seated by 11.00 pm at the latest.
Other Services at the Cathedral include the First Vespers of Christmas sung by the Girls Choir, at 3.00 pm on Friday, Christmas Eve. Following the Midnight celebration there will be Masses on Christmas Day at 8.30 am (Blessed Sacrament Chapel); 10.00 am Family Mass (Crypt); and Solemn Mass at 11.00 am. A Mass for the Polish Community will also be celebrated at 11.45 am in the Crypt.
On Christmas Day Archbishop Patrick Kelly will celebrate Mass at HM Prison Walton. Auxiliary Bishop, Tom Williams, will celebrate Midnight Mass at the Church of St Oswald in Old Swan before Christmas morning Mass at HM Prison Wymott.
On Sunday 26 December, the Feast of the Holy Family, the Cathedral Masses will be at 8.30 am (Blessed Sacrament Chapel); 10.00 am Family Mass (Crypt); 11.00 am Solemn Mass and 7.00 pm (Crypt). There will again be a Mass for the Polish Community at 1.00 pm in the Crypt.