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Christmas Day features the celebration of four Masses, beginning with the Vigil service at 5:30pm on Christmas Eve and ending with the Sung Mass at 10:30am on the Day.
The reason behind this extraordinary number of services is the Christmas story itself. Over the four celebrations the story of Jesus birth as narrated in the gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John unfolds. At the the 5:30pm Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve we read verses from Matthew 1:1-25; at the 11:00pm Midnight Mass we read Luke 2:1-14, the birth of Jesus, at the 8:30am Dawn Mass (at St Thomas' Church) on Christmas Day we read Luke 2:15-20, Jesus in the manger; and finally at the 10:30am Mass we read John 1:1-18, a meditation on the coming of the Lord Jesus as "the true Light" coming into the world.
If you cannot attend all of these services, take time to read quietly the Bible passages set for them over Christmas.