Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Ignatius Church! December 17 at 5:00 pm

December 17 at 5:00 pm

St. Ignatius Church is hosting a Simbang Gabi Mass on Tuesday, December 17, at 5:00 pm.

Join us for these special Filipino Advent celebrations!

A full reception will be offered after Mass in Fromm Hall.

About Simbang Gabi

The original Simbang Gabi was called the "Misa de Aurea" (Golden Mass) or the "Angel's Mass." In 1587, Fray Diego Soria, prior of the San Augustin Convent, petitioned the Pope for permission to hold Christmastide Masses outdoors becuase the church could not accommodate the multitude that attended the services. The request was granted through a re-script and in the 17th Century, the Misa de Aguinaldo or the Misa de Gallo, or Simbang Gabi became a Filipino spiritual tradition. Vatican II encouraged the church in the Philippines to continue the tradition and uphold its significant role in the life of the people.

This novena of Masses expresses the love of the people for God through His Mother, Mary, as we gather in prayerful anticipation of the Christmas miracle. The readings, the prayers, and the songs at Mass remind us all of our need for God in our lives and the necessity of taking time to reflect on our relationships with God and with one another at this special time of the year.

Filipino Americans brought Simbang Gabi to the United States and found it to be an effective way to stay connected to their faith. It expresses who they are as a Filipino people, and enables them to share their God-given gifts with the wider Church in the United States. Simbang Gabi draws on the leadership of the Filipino Catholics in the parishes to carry out these special gatherings and to share their religious tradition and culture with the whole parish family.

Everyone is encouraged to attend the novena of nine Masses throughout our Deanery. All are welcome!

For more information, please contact: Maricel Santos or Rachel Isip

Maricel Santos

650 Parker Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118

December 17 at 5:00 pm


No RSVP required.

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