Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is offering its third annual Christmas service completely in German at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 1343 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica.
The all-German language service, called Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst, will feature a Krippenspiel (Christmas pageant) with music by Johann Sebastian Bach, traditional hymns of the season, and Holy Communion.
Mt. Olive’s pastor, Stephanie Jaeger, a former university professor with a Ph.D. in German studies, says the church is striving to meet the needs of a growing community among local German Americans.
“There is all this activity happening, initiatives for German speakers on the Westside,” Jaeger says. Although she didn’t know what to expect of the first German language service, she was “surprised at the number of people who came. They were so grateful that they could sing, pray, and hear the Christmas story in their native language.”
Mt. Olive plans to offer a German Easter service in the spring.
Information, (310) 452-1116.
St. Sebastian Catholic Church offers services for the French-speaking community, with services in French at 7 p.m. Monday, December 24th, and 9 a.m. on December 25th, as well as a bilingual Spanish and English mass at 10 p.m. December 24th, and 12 p.m. December 25th. St. Sebastian Church is located at 1425 Federal Ave., Los Angeles.
Information, (310) 478-0136.
St. Mark Catholic Church offers a service at 11 a.m. on December 25th for its Spanish-speaking parishioners. St. Mark Church is located at 940 Coeur d’Alene Ave., Venice.
Information, (310) 821-5058.
St. Gerard Majella Catholic Church offers a service in Spanish at 10:30 a.m. on December 25th. St. Gerard Majella Church is located at 4439 Inglewood Blvd., Los Angeles.
Information, (310) 390-5034.