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Why do we have Simbang Gabi?

Simbang Gabi came from the Spanish word “misa de gallo” which means mass of the rooster. It is called as such for it is done in the dawn – time of cockcrowing. We, as well, have Simbang Gabi in the month of Christmas time not for the reason that we conform to human traditions. We hold Simbang Gabi for in the true church, there is the fulfillment of the essence of Christmas. The magi, when they saw the newborn, rejoiced and celebrated not in the worldly manner; instead, they proclaimed the good news. And this good news is the birth of the Savior according to Luke 2:10-11, “…I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
Since we are the ones having a good purpose, we should just be the real ones having Simbang Gabi not to imitate others but to make the way of celebrating Christmas right. The apostles strictly commissioned the preaching of the good news in the fullness or even not in the fullness of time. That’s why we, being the real disciples of Christ, never stop celebrating Christ’s birth through the teaching of the word of God. In conclusion, our Simbang Gabi is indeed meaningful for our purpose is the same as God’s purpose – none other than to bring people to salvation.

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