NEW YORK -- Christmas in the Holy Land will feature observances
in two cities of importance to Christians.
In Jerusalem, international choirs will perform classical,
popular and folk songs of their native countries at the Jerusalem
Theater on Dec. 25. To purchase tickets for the Jerusalem concert
or for other details about holiday observances there, agents can
call the ministry's InfoCenter at (888) 77-ISRAEL.
In Nazareth, 15,000 people are expected to attend celebrations
that will begin with a parade at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24. Marchers will
include local scout groups, religious leaders, government
officials, choirs and orchestras. Tourists are invited to
The procession will begin at the center of town and end at the
Basilica of the Annunciation, where tradition holds that the angel
Gabriel told Mary she would conceive a son and name him Jesus.
Blessings will be offered there by the heads of the Greek Orthodox,
Anglican and Latin churches, and the International Christmas
Assembly will sing carols.
There will be a fireworks display at sundown, about 5:30 p.m.,
and a Mass in the Basilica at 7:30 p.m. On Dec. 27, local choirs
and groups from Ukraine, Czechoslovakia, Greenland and the U.S.
will sing liturgical compositions and carols at the Salesian
Church, starting at 6:30 p.m. General information on events can be
found on the Web, at http://www.goisrael.com.