VATICAN CITY — As 2013 comes to a close, people can follow today’s traditional evening prayer service with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica.
The celebration of Vespers, which begins at 5 p.m. Rome time (11 a.m. EST), will end with the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the singing of the “Te Deum” hymn of thanksgiving to God.
After the prayer service, the pope is scheduled to visit the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square.
Ring in the new year Jan. 1 by following the papal Mass celebrating the feast honoring Mary, Mother of God.
Don’t forget that the church also celebrates the World Day of Peace Jan. 1. Pope Francis’ first peace day message, about the spirit of fraternity being the foundation of peace, is here.