Midnight Christmas mass
Midnight Christmas mass in the Grotto of the Nativity and in St. Catherine's Church

The Grotto of the Nativity is an underground cave beneath the basilica. It enshrines the spot where Jesus is said to have been born. A 14-pointed silver star marks the exact spot set into the marble floor and surrounded by silver lamps. This altar is denominationally neutral, although it features primarily Armenian Apostolic influences. Another altar in the Grotto, which is maintained by the Roman Catholics, marks the site where traditionally Mary laid the newborn babe in the manger.
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