Christmas Midnight Mass from St James Church, Grange, Cooley, Co Louth

The Most Rev Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, celebrates Mass to ring in Christmas at the Church of St James in Grange, Co. Louth with PP, Fr Malachy Conlon, and Redemptorist hermit, Fr John.

Courtesy RTÉ

RTÉ Player:

There are a few adverts at the start. Note how the parishioners highlighted homelessness from the first day of Advent through to Christmas Eve…and a focus on kindness among the pupils in Monksland National School.

Parish website:


Link to Midnight Mass from St Peter’s Basilica, Rome with Pope Francis:

Booklet for the Celebration (with relevant English translation from page 14):


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  1. Fr Lee Cahill says:

    Christmas Midnight Mass…

    What an authentic Christmas celebration we got from magical Cooley on Chrismtas Eve. Music, dancing, bilingual, singing… very sensitively led by Archbishop Martin… more than enhanced the beauty and simplicity of the Nativity. What an apt introduction to the Eucharistic celebration … a parish community in sync with the homeless… a beautiful and humble little church… (While not belittling the perhaps nobility of Nativity celebrations in basilicas and cathedrals, the age, size and simplicity of St James’s chapel enhanced the authenticity of this year’s TV presentation…kudos to RTÉ, too). Well done, people of God in Cooley.

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