Patt Morrison for December 23, 2011

Should church be canceled on Christmas day?

Cardinal Roger Mahony Celebrates Christmas Mass At The Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels

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A parishioner kneels as Cardinal Roger Mahony leads Christmas mass at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels December 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

Christmas is on a Sunday this year and that poses a dilemma for some church goers: to stay home and open presents with the family or attend service.

To stay open or closed is a question resonating with churches across the country. According to The Tennessean, three of the nation’s top 20 Protestant churches will be closed on Christmas and 10 others will offer only one service., a mega church with 14 locations in five states, will be closed on Christmas and the First Baptist Church in Atlanta will also close its doors. But not everyone agrees that family and festivities should trump church service. Ed Stetzer, president of Life Way Research told USA Today, “having church on Christmas Day when it falls on a Sunday seems as if it would be as much of a given as having Thanksgiving on Thursday.”


What do you think? Should we pray on Christmas Sunday or stay home and open presents?


David Gibson, national reporter, Religion News Service

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