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December 24th, 2012 - BBC One live television broadcast of Midnight Mass
BBC One live television broadcast of Midnight Mass

BBC One heralds the start of Christmas Day with the traditional Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve live from St Anne's Cathedral in the vibrant city of Leeds in West Yorkshire. The Mass is celebrated by the Dean, Monsignor Philip Moger and will include the blessing of the crib. The homily is given by Monsignor Michael McQuinn.

The Mass setting is the tuneful and majestic Grande Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne. Other music includes: O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Sussex Carol, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, The Infant King and Mary's Magnificat.

Additional music is provided by the choir of Holy Rosary and St Anne's Catholic Primary School from Chapeltown. The young singers are directed by Sally Egan.

The cathedral choirs are conducted by the Diocesan Director of Music, Benjamin Saunders, and the organist is Thomas Leech.

The complete service is available for all to enjoy on BBC i-player for seven days after the broadcast here. 


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