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Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

by Marynil Online Now Oct 20, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Anyone knows where, when and how to get tickets?

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by alza Online Now Oct 20, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    January 6 is the day of the Epiphany. See link below for masses at St.Peter's Basilica, Vatican, during Christmas Season (which includes January 6.)

    selectitaly.com/browse/thing...

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by goodfish Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    To add, tickets to Christmas-season masses are free from this site:

    papalaudience.org/easter-chr...

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by mccalpin Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Yes, selectitaly states on its page: "Please note that the reservation fee is exclusively a Select Italy service fee and that the actual Papal Mass tickets are free."

    The second website, while appearing to be official, is actually run by Maximus Tours...however, they are kind enough to point out how you can get the tickets for free.

    The official Vatican website is vatican.va/various/prefettur... . The ticket information is at the bottom left under "Tickets", and I assume it's the same as what Maximus Tours gave out.

    It's interesting that this website hasn't been updated since September....that's unusual...it seems that the new Pope has really got a lot of operations at the Vatican in upheaval ;-)

    If you have any questions on the form, please ask me...

    Bill

    P.S. Before the Internet, Catholics usually got these tickets by applying to the office of the bishop in the local diocese. If you have a friend there, you can still ask...but the tickets are mostly done now by fax or mail directly...

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by goodfish Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Right , the site I provided doesn't charge a reservation fee, and provides the forms and instructions needed to obtain tickets - which is what I meant by "free."

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by mccalpin Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Yep, that's what I said ;-)

    Bill

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  • Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by Marynil Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Thank You ALL so much for getting back at me in no time!
    So nice of you guys:-)

    Going to spend 10 days in Rome in January and really want to "experience" The Vatican:)
    If we can't make it on Jan 6 we'll have to try the mass and baptism on Jan 13.

    Again, Thanks!

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by goodfish Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Ooh - 10 days in Rome! You're going to have SO much fun - I love that city.

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  • Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by meganandjames Online Now Oct 23, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    what time is the mass on Jan 6th? I arrive n Rome for a week on the 6th Jan, thanks.

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by mccalpin Online Now Oct 23, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Sorry, at this point, I don't know since the Prefecture site is not up to date...keep watching it...

    Bill

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  • Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by Marynil Online Now Oct 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I think it is in the morning, around 9, not sure though...

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    Re: Attend Mass, January 6, 2014

    by alza Online Now Oct 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    The following may be helpful, until information is updated on regular channels. At least to give you an idea of times of masses around Christmas:

    I receive daily newsletters in Italian & French from Vatican Information Services, listing all *that* day's activities by the Pope. There's a tab at bottom "Activities of the Holy Father" which links to "Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope" (I translated myself so names may not be exact in English.)
    In this last site, there's a link to the "Calendar of Celebrations" for the whole year. Unfortunately, the Calendar at present time are only active from March to November 2013. But by chance, on the Italian site only, I found the full calendar for the year 2012-2013.

    The two events you are interested in were listed as such (remember, this was for 2013) :

    Solennità dell' Epifania del Signore
    Domenica 6 gennaio (January) 2013
    Cappella Papale, Basilica Vaticana, ore 9 (Time: 9 am)
    (with the ordainment of "presbyterians" by the Pope)
    All wishing to attend should be at "Altare della Confessione" at 8.30 am to be assigned places.

    Festa del battesimo del Signore (Feast of the Baptism of our Lord)
    Domenica 13 gennaio 2013
    Cappella Sistina, ore 9.45 (time: 9.45 am)

    I don't know if those masses are celebrated at exactly the same time each year but there's a good chance that they all usually take place around those times.
    This would indicate that the Epiphany celebration would be too early for you, if you're arriving in Rome on January 6. (Plus fact that in 2014, Epiphany falls on Monday 6 January and maybe at the Vatican, it's always celebrated on nearest Sunday, which would be Sunday 5 January?)
    But you could plan to attend the Baptism Mass on whatever day it takes places (Sunday 12 January 2014 would be a likely date.)

    Not trying to confuse you... hope this helps a bit. :-)

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