Thursday, December 16, 2010

Add Simbang Gabi to your Christmas celebrations

Everyone is invited to take part in a joyous preparation for the coming of Our Lord on Christmas Day with Simbang Gabi, the joyous Filipino traditional novena.

Traditionally Christmas Day in the Philippines is ushered in by a Novena of Masses beginning in mid-December. Known as Misa de Gallo—traditional Spanish for Rooster’s Mass—or more popularly in Filipino as Simbang Gabi or Night Mass, it is one of the most important Filipino Christmas traditions. After Mass, participants gather to enjoy traditional Christmas delicacies.

These nine Masses are also considered a way for churchgoers to show their devotion to the faith and to heighten anticipation for the Nativity.

To keep the tradition, each year the Sambayanang Pilipino Society of B.C. schedules Masses in parishes within the Archdiocese of Vancouver. The full schedule of Masses is listed below.

Dec.15 – Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver

Dec.16 – St. Jude, Vancouver

Dec.17 – St. Paul, Richmond

Dec.17 – Our Lady of Sorrows, Vancouver

Dec.18 – St. Luke’s, Maple Ridge

Dec.19 – Holy Trinity, North Vancouver

Dec.19 – Queen of All Saints, Coquitlam

Dec.20 – Our Lady of Mercy, Burnaby

Dec.21 – Our Lady of Mercy, Burnaby

Dec.22 – St. Bernadette, Surrey

Dec.23 – Immaculate Conception, Delta

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