Holy Rosary Church Downtown Jersey City to Celebrate the First Mass of Christmas at Midnight In Latin


Holy Rosary  is  the Oldest Established Italian Parish in New Jersey


Holy Rosary Church has announced plans to celebrate a Traditional Solemn High Mass on Christmas Eve at Midnight. 

The Traditional Mass or the Extraordinary Form as Pope Benedict XVI identifies it in his Apostolic Letter “Summorum Pontificum” is celebrated in Latin according to the Missal of 1962.  This missal was issued under Blessed John XXIII and remained in use until some years after the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council. 

A prelude of seasonal music by Herbeck, Praetorius and Victoria will be performed by the Holy Rosary Choir preceding the mass at 11:15 pm.  During the mass the choir under the direction of Harold Bott will sing the Mass in G by Schubert accompanied by organ and strings. The Holy Rosary Schola will sing the Propers of the Mass in Gregorian chant from the Liber Usualis.

 Holy Rosary Church will begin a series of events in January 2010 leading to the gala celebration of its 125thAnniversary in October.  “Holy Rosary Church is the oldest established Italian parish in the State of New Jersey,” said its pastor Rev. Rino Lararoni.  “As we begin a year of remembrance and celebration we return together this Christmas Eve to another time and celebrate the sacred liturgy in the manner which the immigrants who built this beautiful church attended. Father Lavaroni added that the Holy Father has written, “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too.”  It’s a significant way for us to begin this important milestone in the history of Holy Rosary.”

 Other masses scheduled include a Mass for Families in English at 7:00pm on Christmas Eve.  On Christmas Day the schedule includes masses at 8:45a.m. in Italian and 11:30a.m. in English.

 Holy Rosary Church is located in downtown Jersey City and has been celebrating the mass in the extraordinary form for nearly eight years.  Holy Rosary Parish Council Chairwoman,

Anne Mc Govern, says, “Holy Rosary Church is unique in that it’s the only parish in the local area where Catholics may attend both forms of the mass.” McGovern stressed that Holy Rosary Church is leading the way by following the Holy Father’s example and wishes by honoring and preserving tradition in liturgy.”

The Latin Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 am.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  For more information contact Holy Rosary Church at 201 795-0120 or visit the church’s website at


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