The Holy Day of Christmas is a most joyous occasion for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and throughout the Universal Church as we celebrate the Birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Faithful throughout the five-county Archdiocese of Philadelphia are invited to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord at the Mother Church of the Archdiocese, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel is located at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Dec. 24, 2023

  • 5:00 p.m. – Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. The Mass will be streamed live on the Archdiocesan Vimeo website, as well as on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Pérez’s Facebook pages. Music will be provided by the Cathedral Basilica Schola and Instrumentalists. There will also be a live feed for American Sign Language interpretation available on the livestream.
  • 7:30 p.m. – There will be a second Christmas Eve Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m. in English and Spanish, featuring a Cantor and Organist.
  • 11:00 p.m. – The Cathedral Basilica Choir and Instrumentalists will provide Sacred Music and Carols prior to Midnight Mass.

Dec. 25, 2023

Additional Christmas Day Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral Basilica at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  The 8:00 a.m. Mass will feature a Cantor and Organist, and the Cathedral Basilica Schola will provide the music for the 10:00 a.m. Mass. There will be no evening Mass.

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