Diocesan Commissioning of Simbang Gabi will be held on Dec. 12 at Saint John the Baptist Church in Milpitas, to be presided by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. Eucharistic celebration starts at 7 p.m.
Representatives of all 21 parishes celebrating Simbang Gabi are requested to bring a Parol (Christmas lanterns) to be blessed by Bishop McGrath during Mass.
In the Philippines, the Parol, a simple star-shaped lantern traditionally made of bamboo and paper is one of the popular Christmas symbols. It ushers in the start of the Christmas season. In the early days of the Christianization of the Philippines, the farmers used this lighted lantern on the way to church for the Misa de Gallo (Rooster’s Mass). This special Mass gets its name from the traditional celebration at dawn when the roosters start crowing. Simbang Gabi is held for nine consecutive days in a novena of Masses. The Parol also symbolizes the light of the star that guided the shepherds and the three kings to the manger.
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