Iti Parokia ni San Markos Ebanghelista ti ili a Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, naregta dagiti Padi ti Parokia: Rev. Fr. Felix Costales ken ni Rev. Fr. Rex Rilveria, Assistant Parish Priest a mangan-annong kadagiti Nasantuan a Misa a mainaig iti panangselebrar iti panawen ti Paskua 2017 ditoy ili ti Cabugao.
Nangrugi iti 6:00 P.M. ti Disiembre 15, 2017, iti “Simbang Gabi” nga agturpos inton Disiembre 23, 2017 ket mangrugi met ti
Misa-Parbangon iti Disiembre 16, 2017 a mangrugi iti 4:00 A.M ken agturposto inton Disiembre 24, 2017.
Iti sabali a bangir, umarngi met laeng ti aramiden dagiti Deboto ti Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI Church) iti Barangay Quezon, Cabugao a pannakikaysada iti nasaknap a selebrasion iti pannakayanak ti Naindaklan a Mannubbot ken kasta met dagiti dadduma a Sekta/Denominasion.
Maaramidto ti Midnight Mass iti Disiembre 24, 2017 sakbay iti Rambak ti Kaaldawan Paskua inton Disiembre 25, 2017. Iti Nakristianuan a kagimongan, unibersal a maselselebraran dagitoy a pagteng iti Holiday Season.
SIMBANG GABI HISTORY
The “Simbang Gabi” is a long treasured Philippine tradition originally a series of “dawn masses” for nine
consecutive days before Christmas Day. Its liturgical significance emanates from the Season of Advent
being the time of spiritual preparation and purification to worthily welcome and receive the Child Jesus in our midst. The Mass at Dawn, Simbang Gabi, is a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother. It starts every
December 16th and is one of the longest and most important religious celebrations in the Philippines that
has lasted over 600 years.
The Simbang Gabi is a time when Catholic churches across the Philippines celebrate mass outdoors in order
to accommodate the faithful. At times, when mass is not celebrated outside, the doors of churches are,
nevertheless, left wide open to allow attendants to share in the atmosphere of the mass. Its origins began in
Mexico, where the practice of holding mass outdoors
began, first, in 1587, when the Pope gave permission to Diego de Soria, a Mexican friar, to hold mass outdoors because the churches could not accommodate t
he huge number of worshipers that came to celebrate Christmas.
The novena culminates, on the ninth day, with the Mass of the Gifts, or Misa de Gallo, which celebrates the
birth of Jesus. However, it was not until 1669, during the early years of Christianity, in the Philippines, that the Misa de Gallo became a Philippine spiritual tradition. During Advent, in preparation for the birth of
Christ, missionary friars held pre-dawn masses for
nine consecutive days, to usher in the event of Jesus'
birth. The masses were celebrated very early, usually at 4 in the morning, since they took place during the
harvest season, when farmers had to be in the field
s at the crack of dawn. The word gallo means rooster, in
Spanish. At the first sound of dawn, at the crowing
of the rooster, the entire family would get up and
walkto the nearest parish church.
During this time, colorful lanterns are hung in eve
ry door, window, tree branch, and street corner. Bands
play native carols all across town while families,
couples, and individuals make their way to the nearest
church. Shortly after the mass, people gather in their homes to celebrate Noche Buena and feast on local
delicacies made of rice flour, coconut milk and other traditional deserts.
Here in the United States, Filipino immigrants brought with them this distinct tradition which is slowly
taking roots and thus the observance of this time honored spiritual and cultural tradition has grown
significantly in California, New York, Chicago, New
Jersey and even in the Hampton Roads to the point
where it has now earned a strong and unequivocal support.
Halina Hesus, Halina!
(O Come, O Come Emmanuel)
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