SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Attending Christmas Eve mass is a beloved tradition for many families in our area. Hundreds celebrated the birth of Christ at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton.
A sea of parishioners sung hymns at st. Peter’s cathedral as Bishop Joseph Bambara presided over Christmas Eve mass.
“There is more to this world than we can see and touch and we celebrate that tonight,” stated Bishop Joseph Bambara, Diocese of Scranton.
Many feel blessed for the opportunity to gather together.
“First of all, it’s Christmas, and the reason we’re here is so important to all of us. And secondly, I love the cathedral. I love to have the opportunity to come and celebrate mass,” said Gail Gayeski.
The packed cathedral is a much different sight compared to last year when guests had to make reservations to attend Christmas services with limited seats available.
“Last year we watched from home, it wasn’t the same. When the church opened up, we were in mass for easter, still was different, but it was nice to be back at mass for easter. But it’s very special to be back at Christmas Eve mass,” explained Nicole Wheeler.
To keep it this way, the diocese of Scranton has COVID-19 safety protocols in place. All guests are encouraged to wear masks at church.
“To be here in person and obviously going through covid it’s been a tough time for everybody but you gotta get together around the holidays and it’s nice to be at mass,” stated Dean Salmon.
As the pandemic continues on, Bishop Bambara shares a Christmas message of hope.
“Jesus was born and he was born into our world into the midst of a crazy broken world 2,000 years ago as it is today to give us a way forward to give us life, to give us peace and to give us hope. And in the midst of these days when so many of us are uncertain and concerned and anxious, that hope is more meaningful than ever,”Bishop Joseph Bambera, Diocese of Scranton
There are multiple Christmas Day masses happening at St. Peter’s Cathedral. To learn more about the next time head to their website.