Philippines: ‘Simbang Gabi’ Pre-dawn Masses Christmas Habingers
Liturgically, the “Simbang Gabi” is a Mass celebrated early in the morning in honor of the Virgin Mary “in which the interplay of light and darkness convey the meaning of Advent.”
With Vatican II, the original intention of the celebration was revisited in the context of the modern times and the needs of modern society.
Churches in the national capital Manila now celebrate the Masses in the evening to allow more people to participate in the novena. (Photo by Jire Carreon for LiCAS News)