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OFFICIAL Novena Mass Schedule for Sinulog 2021

Nothing can’t stop Cebu from honoring its patron, Señor Sto. Niño or the Holy Child Jesus, not even in the middle of a pandemic. But this time, it will be more solemn as most events will be done virtually. Devotees are also encouraged to attend the Sinulog novena masses online.

More than the festive celebration in Cebu — from the most colorful parades to the grandest programs and competitions here and there, at the end of the day, Sinulog is a solemn and religious event celebrating the adoration of the city’s patron, Señor Sto. Niño or the Holy Child Jesus.


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Photo by Migs Rizarri

Why do we celebrate Sinulog?

The Sinulog Festival is a celebration in honor of Santo Niño (Child Jesus). The festival is done by a dance ritual, in which it tells the story of the Filipino people The word “Sinulog” means a graceful dance– a rhythmic and beautiful forward and backward motion that represents the “sulog” (or current).

The Sinulog Festival has been going around for almost four centuries now. Its rich history dates back to old and truly reflects the humble beginnings of Cebu and the birth and growth of Christianity in Cebu and the Philippines.

SCHEDULE OF NOVENA MASS 2021

2021 THEME: “Sto. Nino: The Abiding presence of the Father in our Journey of Faith”

DAY 1: January 08, 2021 (Friday) – Opening Salvo

  • 5:30 AM – Enthronement of Image of Sto. Niño
  • 6:00 AM – Solemn Mass for the Opening Salvo (Cebuano)
    • Installation of Hermano Mayor and Hermana Mayores 2020
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 6:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English )

DAY 2-8: January 9-15, 2021

  • 5:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 6:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano) Mass for the Opening Salvo of Sinulog Festival
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 6:30 PM – Holy Mass with Traditional Sinulog (English)

DAY 9: January 16 (Saturday) – Visperas

  • 5:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 6:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Solemn Visperas Mass (Cebuano) Traditional Religious Sinulog

Day 10: January 17 (Sunday) – FIESTA SEÑOR DAY

  • 6:00 AM – Misa Pontifical de la “Fiesta Señor” by His Excellency Archbishop Jose S. Palma, DD
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 6:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)

All Masses of the Fiesta Señor will be concluded with the Traditional Sinulog Dance.

Day 11: January 18 (Monday) – Thanksgiving

  • 6:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 6:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)

Special Weekday Masses

January 19-21 & 23; 25-28& 30, 2021 

  • 7:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 10:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:15 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)

January 22, 2021 (Friday) – “Adlaw sa Hubo”

  • 5:30 AM – Misa Solemne sa “HUBO”
  • 5:30 AM – Venue: Santo Niño Pilgrim Center8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 6:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)

All Masses of the Fiesta Señor will be concluded with the Traditional Sinulog Dance.

Special Friday and Sunday Masses

January 24 (Sunday), 29 (Friday); 31 (Sunday), 2021 

  • 6:30 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 8:00 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 9:30 AM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 11:00 AM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 12:30 PM – Holy Mass (English)
  • 2:00 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 3:30 PM – Holy Mass (Cebuano)
  • 5:00 PM – Holy Mass (English)

Where to watch Live Novena Mass Online?

Here are the official Sinulog Foundation Inc. channels where you can watch the Live Novena Masses online:

This page will be regularly updated for any changes or updates of information.

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