Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal

December 08, 2009 09:00 ET

Luminous Holidays at Saint Joseph's Oratory!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2009) - With Christmas right around the corner, Saint Joseph's Oratory is one of Montreal's most popular venues, and with good cause, as it welcomes everyone, particularly families, to pursue or reinvent their own holiday traditions. The Oratory's team offers a varied program combining spirituality and culture, celebrating openness to the world.

A new experience... steeped in tradition

Our Nativity Scenes from around the World exhibit is always a big hit for both the young and old. This year, the exhibit is back at the Oratory Museum showcasing a brand new decor, featuring 180 nativity scenes from 111 countries; exceptional and inspired creations by local and international artists.

Visitors are invited to have a fresh experience of the museum. Indeed, besides the exhibit itself, they will have the opportunity to watch short documentary films in French and English about the Nativity, which will be shown continuously and will feature, notably, the world of famous artist Claude Lafortune. This unique annual exhibit will be presented until January 11, 2010. The Oratory Museum is open everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. until December 31, 2009 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from January 1 to January 11, 2010. The Oratory Museum will then be closed between January 12 and March 7, reopening on Sunday, March 8, 2010.

A jewel of musical heritage

Already renowned for its famous Beckerath organ, Saint Joseph's Oratory also boasts an exceptional carillon, one of North America's largest. The Oratory's newest carillonist, Andree-Anne Doane, will be performing for visitors' enjoyment throughout the holiday season. Recitals will be held twice daily, at noon and 3:00 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday, and at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A truly unique sound that will be sure to put everyone in a festive mood!

Family Day

The date of Sunday, December 27 will take on a new significance at the Oratory, as a unique combination of activities will be presented to highlight the first Family Day. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the Oratory Museum free of charge, and will enjoy a concert entitled "Musiques de rejouissance, musiques de confidence" (Festive Music, Intimate Music) performed by Montreal's Ensemble Canto Felice at 2:00 p.m. They will then be invited to take part in our traditional Blessing of Families and Pilgrims service at 2:30 p.m., followed by an organ recital specially arranged for the occasion by Oratory organist Philippe Belanger.

"Throughout the holiday season, parents and grandparents love to share with younger generations their happy memories of past Christmas traditions, such as festive dinners, traditional carols and seeing the entire family gathered around the creche," mentions Father Claude Grou, CSC, rector of Saint Joseph's Oratory. "The Oratory offers families an ideal environment to gather, celebrate and bring the season to a climax with the Blessing of Families."

Saint Joseph's Oratory invites everyone to include it as one of their traditional family activities, and enrich their Christmas experience for an even brighter holiday season!

For more information on the Christmas activities offered at Saint Joseph's Oratory, please visit or call 514 733-8211. The Oratory is open everyday, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Photos available upon request.

Contact Information

  • To schedule visits and interviews:
    Massy-Forget Public Relations
    Elaine Mayrand
    514-842-2455, ext. 24
    514-718-2124 (mobile)
    Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount-Royal
    Danielle Decelles
    514-733-8216, ext. 2711
    514-264-1764 (mobile)