Simbáng Gabi (lit. Night Mass) is a devotional nine-day series of Masses practiced by Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in the Philippines in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of Christmas. Simbáng Gabi, which translates to Night Mass, is held from December 16 to December 24 and is usually done as early as 4 or 5 o' clock in the morning. On the last day of the Simbang Gabi, which is Christmas Eve, it is called Misa de Gallo, which literally translates to "Rooster's Mass".
At St. Bartholomew in Chicago, we celebrated this later in the afternoon instead of in the morning. The Simbang Gabi Choir, under the direction of St. Bartholomew parishioner, Mr. Daven Taba, made the evening particularly wonderful. St. Bart's former associate pastor, Fr. Tirso, celebrated the Mass with our current pastor, Fr. Koys. The Mass was said in several languages including English and Tagalog.
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