Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

December 11, 2007 09:53 ET

Saint Joseph's Oratory, Home to All Families for the Festive Season!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2007) - Saint Joseph's Oratory invites the public to carry on long-standing Christmas traditions, or start new ones by taking part in its many seasonal activities. The Oratory offers a vast program of activities for the holiday season including an exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world, midnight Mass, the Blessing of Families, and numerous concerts!

Around the World at the Museum

The Oratory museum presents the annual nativity scene exhibit for which it is famous. With something for everyone, the Nativity Scenes of the World exhibit permits visitors to discover 250 creches from more than 111 countries (with 25 new additions), for a total of 2500 pieces of all sizes in an ever-changing decor. The exhibit is open every day until February 18, 2008, including Christmas and New Year's Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free-will offering at the entrance is greatly appreciated.

Christmas in Music

The Oratory Foundation invites the public to its traditional annual Christmas concert, on Friday, December 14, and Saturday, December 15, beginning at 8 p.m. in the crypt. This year's event, Frederic De Grandpre chante Noel a l'Oratoire, features Frederic De Grandpre accompanied by Corneliu Montano, Marie-Pier Perreault and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. Tickets on sale at Admission Network and at the Saint Joseph's Oratory gift shop.

The superb voices of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal will soar in the crypt on Saturday, December 22 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. On December 24, 25, and 31 and January 1rst at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., the carillon will ring out with Christmas and New Year's Carols performed by carillonneur Claude Aubin.

Christmas and New Year's Celebrations

On Monday, December 24, Christmas Masses will be held in the basilica at 6 p.m. (Family Mass), 9 p.m., and midnight. A half-hour concert by organist Philippe Belanger will be presented before each of the three Masses. In the crypt, a service will be offered in English at 9:15 p.m., while another will be held in French at a quarter past midnight. There is a reservation fee of $3 for participation in the 9 p.m. and midnight Masses in the basilica with the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. Passes are available at the Information and Blessing Office.

On Tuesday, December 25, Christmas Day, Masses will be celebrated in the crypt at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (in the basilica), 11:15 a.m. (in English), 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. For the third year in a row, Midnight Mass on December 24th will be broadcast over the Corus Network throughout Quebec.

On Sunday, December 30, New Year's celebrations will begin with the blessing of pilgrims and families at 2:30 p.m. in the crypt.

On Monday, December 31, pilgrims are invited to join in the 84th traditional New Year's Day march. The procession leaves at 10 p.m. from in front of Saint-Enfant-Jesus Church on the corner of Laurier Street and Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal, and ends with the New Year's Eve Midnight Mass.

Finally, on Tuesday, January 1st, New Year's Day, Masses will be celebrated in the crypt at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (in the basilica), 11:15 (in English), 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m..

For more information on all our activities for the festive season, contact Visitor and Pilgrim Services at 514 733-8211 and visit our website regularly at Use of public transit is recommended. Saint Joseph's Oratory is open 365 days a year from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Welcome!

Contact Information

  • Source:
    Communications and Publications Office
    Luce Dion
    514-733-8211, extension 3151
    cell: 514-266-8835
    Interview Requests:
    Communications and Publications Office
    Danielle Decelles
    514-733-8211, extension 2711
    cell: 514-264-1764