Monday, December 19, 2011

Announcement: traditional-style 'Simbang Gabi' in the Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy on December 23

The Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao, the current home of the oldest continuously-existing Traditional Latin Mass community in the Philippines, will be having a Rorate Mass (better known in this country as Simbang Gabi) according to the 1962 Missal on December 23, Friday, at 2:00 A.M. (yes, that's TWO O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING). 

Rorate Mass according to the 1962 Missal. SOURCE

In accordance with the traditional way of celebrating the "Rorate Mass" not just in the Philippines but also in Europe, the Mass will be offered entirely in candlelight. Some churchgoers are also expected to come with traditional Filipino parols or star-shaped Christmas lanterns (traditional because these will be lit from the inside with candles). The hour at which the Mass will be celebrated is also quite traditional: the "Simbang Gabi" was sometimes offered as early as two in the morning in pre-WWII Philippines (see this article: Christmas in the Philippines c. 1940).

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