BBC Midnight Mass to be televised from St Chad's, Birmingham

St Chad's crib 2012 - image P Jennings

St Chad's crib 2012 - image P Jennings

Midnight Mass on BBC One on Christmas Eve this year, will come from St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham with Archbishop Bernard Longley as the Principal Celebrant. The Mass will be televised live. It will begin by candlelight at 11.45pm with the Blessing of the Crib. Access will be through the Cathedral House Reception.

The Cathedral choir will be conducted by Professor David Saint. The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Gerry Breen, said: "In this, the 175th anniversary of the Cathedral, the BBC broadcast is a great opportunity for St Chad's and an honour. It will be marvellous for us to be welcomed into peoples' homes, particularly for those who can't get out in person or who live alone and especially for those who might be facing their first Christmas alone. The organisers are hoping for all the congregation to start the Mass holding candles and we're really looking forward to this very special celebration of Midnight Mass."

The congregation will need to be seated by 11.15pm. Further information will be given on arrival. For those who have asked, national dress or costumes are welcome.