The season begins with sundown on the 24th extends through to the Baptism of the Lord on January 6th, 2018
The liturgical color is WHITE, sign of rebirth and joy!
The liturgy returns to completeness with the singing of the Gloria.
Christmas songs must be approved by the USCCB and do NOT include popular songs, e.g. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. So plan accordingly.
Christmas songs are to be sung throughout ALL of the Christmas season, not just on Christmas Day.
Lectors and Priests, please note that the readings differ on Christmas day according to which mass setting is used, eg. Vigil, Midnight, Dawn, Day. Christmas eve masses need to be in the evening to qualify as true VIGIL masses (no 2pm masses!)
There are no specific requirements for decorations. Traditionally parishes will decorate with Christmas trees and a Nativity Scene.
If a Nativity Scene is used, it is NOT to be placed in the Sanctuary space.
As always, the decorations must NOT hide nor take away from the Altar or Ambo.
January 7th is the FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY
There is an ancient custom of announcing the dates of the movable feasts for the coming year. This proclamation can take place after the gospel or within or after the homily. The proclamation can be found in the Roman Missal Appendix I.