Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Foreign/Local Tourists, Boracay residents come in droves for simbang gabi

Posted December 16, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

Thousands of Catholics flocked to Holy Rosary Parish Church in Boracay for the opening of the nine-day Misa de Gallo, an annual tradition in the runup to Christmas.

At the church, Father Arnold Crisostomo said, “the celebration honors Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, where he urged the faithful to intensify their devotion to the rosary.”

Misa de Gallo, which in Spanish means “Mass of the rooster,” consists of nine-day votive dawn Masses in preparation for Christmas.

The annual Filipino tradition begins on Dec. 16 and ends on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve.

The practice was introduced by Spanish friars so that farmers may hear Mass before going to the fields early in the morning.

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