The show relies heavily on Christians traditions and passages from the Bible. Here’s what you need to know to better understand what’s going on.
Many of the characters in Midnight Mass are Christians of the Catholic tradition and the show extensively references Christian terminology and Bible passages. The story in the show is very personal to director Mike Flanagan, who grew up in the Catholic traditions of Christian faith. While viewers don’t need to be Catholic or even Christian to understand the show, some may find themselves wondering about Flanagan’s symbolic use of the religious rituals featured in the story.
The first episode of the series introduces St Patrick’s Church, the Crockett Island location in which much of the action of Midnight Mass occurs. The regular attendees of the church have been awaiting the return of their elderly priest, Monsignor Pruitt, and are surprised when the much younger Father Paul (Hamish Linklater) arrives to announce that he will be replacing Pruitt. From episode titles to clothing worn by church leaders, the events in the show are surrounded by Christian and Catholic terminology and traditions.