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Bishop Silva's Annual Misa de Gallo/Simbang Gabi Celebrations

November 25, 2017

This year Bishop Larry Silva will do eight early morning Misa de Gallo Masses , and one evening Simbang Gabi Mass, from December 16th to December 24th. All families throughout the diocese, their relatives and friends are warmly welcome to experience and become part of this great tradition. Traditional Filipino treats will be served after each Mass in the parish hall.

Mass Schedule

  • December 16, 4:30 a.m., Misa de Gallo, St. Joseph Church, Waipahu

  • December 17, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City

  • December 18, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo, including Fr. Peter Dumag's 25th Ordination
                                              Anniversary, Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa

  • December 19, 7:00 p.m., Simbang Gabi Mass, Sacred Heart Church, Waianae

  • December 20, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo and Confirmation, St. John Apostle &
                                              Evangelist Church, Mililani

  • December 21, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo, Christ the King Church, Kahului, Maui

  • December 22, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo, Maria Lanakila Church, Lahaina, Maui

  • December 23, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo, Resurrection of the Lord Church, Waipio

  • December 23, 5:00 p.m., Simbang Gabi Mass, with the Filipino Medical
                                              Association, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

  • December 24, 5:00 a.m., Misa de Gallo, St. Anthony Church, Kalihi

History

The Catholic religious culture and tradition in the Philippines began with the coming of the Spanish missionaries. In March 1521 Ferdinand Magellan discovered Las Islas Filipinas. The Philippine,s as a former colony of Spain, shares and preserves faithfully much of the Spanish religious traditions, putting on local color and character. For example, what the Spaniards called “Misa de Aguinaldo” would be called “Misa de Gallo” and now also “Simbang Gabi”.

Every year from December 16 to 24, churches and barangay (village) chapels teem with people from all walks of life for a pious exercise that is very popular among Filipino Catholics all over the world. The Misa de Gallo or Simbang Gabi is a novena of Masses in the early morning hours, around 4:00 o’clock, when the roosters start to crow, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Expectant Mother of God, and in preparation for the commemoration of the birth of our Savior. Having the Mass at this pre-dawn hour enable workers, mostly fishermen and farmers, to attend before starting their day. This popular religious custom is considered among the oldest and the most venerable religious tradition in our country. In contrast to the sober character of the Advent liturgy, these Masses are festive in character and are said with special solemnity.

In bringing the tradition to America, Filipinos have adapted the pre-dawn Mass into an evening celebration in consideration of the exceptionally harsh mainland winter weather. However, although the time of the celebration may change, the meaning and significance of Simbang-Gabi remains the same and continues to offer us a deepening spiritual experience leading to a more meaningful Christmas season.