Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, will be traveling across the city today and Wednesday, making appearances and celebrating Mass in honor of Christmas.
O’Malley will also appear in three pre-recorded Christmas Masses airing on television on Wednesday, officials said.
The cardinal released a recorded Christmas blessing today.
“If we truly celebrate Christmas, we will understand that God so loved the world that he sent us Jesus to be with us always,” O’Malley says in the blessing. “Christmas is about God’s love breaking into our world, a flash of light in the darkened sky.”
“As we celebrate Jesus’s birth in the most humble of circumstances, we are called to have compassion for the homeless, the poor, the sick, and the suffering,” he said. “God is calling us to share the gifts we have received with those in need.”
“May our celebration of Christmas be a time of recognizing that the greatest gift we have received is God’s love for us, and the greatest gift we can give is share that love with others,” O’Malley said. “Merry Christmas.”
The entire message can be heard here.
Here is the cardinal’s schedule for today and Wednesday:
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve
11 a.m. O’Malley will visit the Pine Street Inn at 444 Harrison Ave. to greet guests and serve meals to the homeless.
11:10 p.m. O’Malley will attend an organ prelude at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 1400 Washington St.
11:30 p.m. O’Malley will attend a choral prelude and carols until the clock strikes midnight.
Dec. 25, Christmas Day
Midnight. O’Malley will celebrate Midnight Mass for the Solemnity of Christmas at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
8 a.m. A one-hour pre-recorded Christmas Mass from O’Malley will be broadcast on WLVI-TV (Channel 56).
10 a.m. O’Malley will offer a Christmas blessing at the St. Francis House at 39 Boylston St.
11:30 a.m. The cardinal will return to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross to celebrate Mass.
Noon. A one-hour pre-recorded Christmas Mass from O’Malley will be broadcast on WHDH-TV (Channel 7).
7 p.m. A one-hour pre-recorded Christmas Mass from O’Malley will be broadcast on The CatholicTV Network (Comcast Channel 268, Verizon Channel 296, Charter Channel 101, RCN Channel 85.)