You are invited to join our Filipino community in this annual joyful celebration. Old St. Mary’s is one of 9 parishes that will hold a Novena Mass for this 9 day celebration which ends Christmas Eve.
What is Simbang Gabi? Simbang Gabi is traditionally a pre-dawn novena of Masses nine days before Christmas. In Spain, there was an ancient tradition of celebrating the Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on December 18. Eventually this feast extended to a sequence of nine novena Masses.
During Advent we will have 2 Taizé Prayer Services, and evening of prayer through song. The first is Wednesday, December 7 at 7 PM and the second will be Tuesday, December 20 at 7 PM.
NOTE: Taizé Prayer is meditative common prayer. Gathered in the presence of Christ, we sing uncomplicated repetitive songs, uncluttered by too many words and allowing for the mystery of God to become tangible through the beauty of simplicity. One does not need a musical background or talent to participate. All are welcome.