Thousands were in attendance, ringing in one of the most important days of the Christian calendar in the city’s most famous church.
On this Christmas Eve, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the lead-up to this holy time can be hectic.
Christians around the globe are gathering on Monday night to celebrate one of the most important holy days of the year. And in New York, they are flocking to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The church has been offering a Children’s Mass for the past 15 years and lets kids tell the story of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.
Many expected last year’s Midnight Mass at the World Trade Center to be the last, but the tradition will take place one more time.
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that this year, there is definitely something different about Christmas.
“I wanted to come because everybody can be home tonight a little safer and more comfortable and more secure because they know you are on duty so thank you very much for that,” the Archbishop said.
Every year, on Christmas Eve, there’s been a core group of people celebrating Midnight Mass at the World Trade Center site.
Worshipers packed St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the midnight mass that was both a solemn service and a joyous celebration.
It’s the city that never sleeps, so Archbishop Timothy Dolan is sticking with the tradition of holding it at midnight, though many Catholic churches are holding it earlier.