Saturday, 24 January 2015

Simbang Gabi in Redhill Surrey

Fr Chris Spain (back) and Fr Aaron Spinelli (at table) with Redhill Filipino community

In what has now become parish tradition Mass was celebrated at 7am by Fr Aaron Spinelli for and with members of the Redhill Filipino community and other members of the parish.

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.

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