25.7 C
Manila
Friday, February 28, 2020
Home News Top Stories Dawn Mass rings in final Christmas countdown

Dawn Mass rings in final Christmas countdown

 

The first of the dawn Masses, a revered Yuletide tradition in the Philippines, started this morning, ushering the beginning of Christmas.

Roman Catholic Church officials said the nine days of Masses represent the real essence of Christmas, which is love and charity.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said Christmas is a time to pray not just for ourselves and our family, but also for others and the whole country.


For Caritas Manila Executive Director Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual, Christmas is sharing one’s blessings with those who are in need.

“We are reminding all the Catholic faithful that material wants is not what we should prioritize during this season, but the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. And helping out our brothers and sisters who are suffering is a good way of preparing ourselves for our Savior,” Pascual said.

The Masses, more popularly known among Filipinos as Simbang Gabi, will be celebrated until Christmas Eve. It was introduced to the country by the Spaniards in the 17th century.

The Mass is traditionally held at 4 a.m., so farmers could go to church before they proceed to work in the fields.

But the practice has changed over the years.

Today the time of the religious service has become flexible. In some communities that have their own chapels, it is not unusual for Simbang Gabi to be held the night before, to accommodate parishioners who find it hard waking up too early in the morning.

But most of the faithful adhere to tradition and brave the morning chill to troop to churches that have been decorated with colorful lights.

After the Mass, churchgoers mingle in the churchyard to enjoy the traditional delicacies like puto bumbong and bibingka.

Local airlines maintain flights to virus-hit South Korea

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday said it still maintained the same number of regular flights to and from South Korea despite the...

Earth captures new ‘mini moon’

BIG NEWS (thread 1/3). Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky...

Another Filipina in HK tests positive for Covid-19

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Hong Kong, has confirmed a report that another Filipina tested positive...

Just call me Harry, prince says as royal exit looms

EDINBURGH: Prince Harry asked to be introduced as just "Harry" at an event on Wednesday, kicking off a final round of public engagements before...

Lacson: ABS-CBN franchise to expire on May 4 even with ‘1,000’ congressional resolutions

SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Thursday said that the franchise of ABS-CBN Corporation would expire on May 4 whether Congress would pass "100 or 1,000...

Today’s Front Page February 28, 2020

Today’s Front Page February 28, 2020