Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is set to host a live televised broadcast of the First Mass of Christmas on BBC 1 on Christmas Eve, this Sunday. The congregation for the traditional celebration of 'Midnight' Mass will need to arrive a little earlier than usual and be seated by 11pm. The Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, will be the Celebrant and will be joined by the Cathedral Clergy as the broadcast will reach out to well over a million viewers. The current situation in Bethlehem will be very much in the prayers of those taking part. Archbishop Kelly said: "As we celebrate the First Mass of Christmas this year Bethlehem as it is today and all of the Lord's own land is the focus of the active concern of our own Prime Minister and other world leaders. The choice to pray in the middle of the night is one way to pray with searching depth that the song the angels proclaim: "Peace on earth" may be realised in our day." Taking part in the Mass will be the Choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King under the Director of Music, Terence Duffy. The Organist will be the Cathedral Organist, Richard Lea and a brass ensemble will also take part. The celebration will include the time honoured Carols: 'O come all ye faithful'; 'Silent night' and 'Hark the herald angels sing'; together with 'O holy night' by Adam and works by Gabrieli, Britten, Lauridson and Charpentier. BBC Executive Producer, Hugh Faupel, says: 'Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral with its combination of intimacy and grandeur is, quite simply, the best ocation in which to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord'. No tickets are required for the Mass but those attending should be seated by 11pm. Source: Archdiocese of Liverpool
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