One of the most distinctive Christmas traditions in the Philippines is completing the nine dawn masses (Simbang gabi or Misa de Gallo).
Filipinos and Filipinos at-heart, from all walks of life, would always make an effort to wake up early in the morning to pray and thank God for all the blessings. Not to mention, to prepare for the birth of Christ.
From December 16 to 24, amidst the scare of the pandemic, Catholics are still expected to continue the practice, but with the observance of the new normal protocols. Hence, changes are implemented for everyone’s safety.
Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella has signed the Executive Order 111, listing the guidelines for the Misa de Gallo.
Simbang Gabi Schedule:
- Evening: DECEMBER 15 – 23, 2020
- 5:00PM to 9:00PM
- Dawn: DECEMBER 16 – 24, 2020
- 4:00AM to 6:00AM
With the aforementioned schedules taking into place, it is also but fitting to adhere to the new normal practices in attending masses;
• Wearing face mask and face shield is necessary.
• Persons above 65 years old, below 15 years old, those with immunodeficiencies, comorbidities or other health risks and pregnant women are prohibited to attend.
• Kissing and touching of images are also prohibited; attendees are encouraged to bring their own family image of the infant Jesus.
Note: Requirement of City Quarantine Pass is temporarily suspended from 12:01 AM of December 15 until 11:59 PM of December 25, 2020
It is encouraging to note that amidst everything that we have gone through as a nation, Filipinos still attend and consider attending Simbang Gabi. After all, it is believed that when you complete the nine masses, your wish will come true.
Let us all wish for a better and kinder world.