Christmas Eve Tradition At World Trade Center Site Ending

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Every year, on Christmas Eve, there’s been a core group of people celebrating Midnight Mass at the World Trade Center site.

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Father Brian Jordan says in his 28 years as a priest, this experience stands out.

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“This is one of the most strongest, most vital sense of community I’ve seen at a Catholic Mass in all my life,” he said.

And yet Father Jordan says this will be his last Midnight Mass there, saying it’s time to move on.

“The memory is not just on the physical site. It’s in the mind. It’s in the soul,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Some have told the group they understand, while others would prefer the tradition continue.

Do you think Midnight Mass should continue at the World Trade Center site? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Wilton Sekzer

    I think the midnight prayer service at Ground Zero should continue as long as there is a midnight Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral. It represents the heart and spirit of those who lost loved ones there and this is coming from a Jew

    Stopping this solemn service is another step towards giving up on all of the services associated with 9/11.

    If I have to stand alone on a corner and recite the names of those who were murdered in cold blood, then so be it.

  • todd hill

    I think it should continue to help famlies heal god bless familly and victim

  • Rosenary Cain, mother of George Cain, F.D.N.Y.

    The Midnight Mass at Ground Zero has been , for me, the most Sacred and Peaceful events. Standing out under the stars on that most special night is a calming experience and the fact that the family members and friends travel into the city for a Mass at midnight is a truly strong statement of how important it is for us. The site where my son died is, to me, Sacred and Spiritual. Where better to attend Mass than in the presence of Angels at Ground Zero. The Families HAVE all moved forward. We have filled our lives in many ways since that dreadful attack, but the Sacred Ground will always be meaningful to us and having the Mass there is just one way of our continued commitment of love. We are all very gratefulk to Fr. Jolrdan and if he cannot continue than I would hope someone else will step up and continue the tradition.

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