Saturday, 24 January 2015
Simbang Gabi in Redhill Surrey
The tradition of nine Novena Dawn Masses called Simbang Gabi celebrated before Christmas is one particular to the Philippines, and although nine masses were not celebrated at dawn or otherwise, the parish got into the spirit of Advent by gathering early for Mass in the dark and enjoying a breakfast before the day begins.
Songs were sung by a group of Filipino singers, and then after Mass, a nice group went to the hall for a shared Filipino breakfast. It was impressive to see many children and families present, as we offered Mass for the victims of the recent Typhoon to affect the islands.