READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 19, 2018
MANILA, Philippines – One of the treasured traditions of the Christmas season in the Philippines is attending of novena Masses leading up to Christmas day, more popularly known as Simbang Gabi (night Mass) or Misa de Gallo (dawn Mass).
For 9 days, Filipino Catholics troop to churches as part of the preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ.
This year, Rappler will house live streams for anticipated Simbang Gabi Masses as they are celebrated across the Philippines and the world. Bookmark this page to watch the Mass each night.
Rappler will also be releasing daily Mass readings and gospels for those who will not be able to attend Mass. You can read Tagalog and English versions of the day’s scripture below.
Huk 13:2-7, 24-25
Noong mga araw na iyon, sa bayan ng Zora ay may isang lalaking Manoa ang pangalan, kabilang sa lipi ni Dan. Ang asawa niya ay hindi magkaanak. Minsan, napakita sa babae ang anghel ng Panginoon, at sinabi, "Hanggang ngayo'y wala kang anak. Ngunit hindi magtatagal, maglilihi ka at manganganak. Mula ngayon ay huwag kang iinom ng anumang uri ng alak ni titikim ng anumang bawal na pagkain. Kung maipanganak mo na siya, huwag mong papuputulan ng buhok pagka't mula pa sa kanyang pagsilang ay itatalaga na siya sa Diyos. Siya ang magsisimulang magligtas sa Israel mula sa mga Filisteo."
Ang babae'y lumapit sa kanyang asawa at kanyang sinabi, "Napakita sa akin ang isang propeta ng Diyos, parang anghel. Kinikilabutan ako! Hindi ko tinanong kung tagasaan siya at hindi naman niya sinabi kung sino siya. Huwag daw akong iinom ng alak ni titikim ng anumang bawal na pagkain pagka't ang sanggol na isisilang ko'y itatalaga sa Diyos."
Dumating ang araw at nanganak ang asawa ni Manoa. Lalaki ang sanggol at pinangalanan nilang Samson. Lumaki ang bata na patuloy na pinagpapala ng Panginoon. Ang Espiritu ng Panginoon ay lumukob kay Samson.
Noong si Herodes ang hari ng Judea, may isang saserdote na ang ngala'y Zacarias, sa pangkat ni Abias. At mula rin sa lipi ni Aaron ang kanyang asawang si Elisabet. Kapwa sila kalugud-lugod sa paningin ng Diyos, namumuhay nang ayon sa mga utos at tuntuning mula sa Panginoon. Wala silang anak sapagkat baog si Elisabet, at sila'y matanda na.
Ang pangkat ni Zacarias ang nanunungkulan noon, at siya'y naglilingkod sa harapan ng Diyos bilang saserdote. Nang sila'y magsapalaran, ayon sa kaugalian ng mga saserdote, siya ang nahirang na maghandog ng kamanyang. Kaya't pumasok siya sa templo ng Panginoon sa oras ng pagsusunog ng kamanyang, samantalang nagkakatipon sa labas ang mga tao at nananalangin. Walang anu-ano'y napakita sa kanya ang isang anghel ng Panginoon, nakatayo sa gawing kanan ng dambanang sunugan ng kamanyang. Nagulat si Zacarias at sinidlan ng matinding takot nang makita ang anghel. Ngunit sinabi nito sa kanya, "Huwag kang matakot, Zacarias! Dininig ng Diyos ang panalangin mo. Kayo ni Elisabet ay magkakaanak ng isang lalaki, at Juan ang ipangangalan mo sa kanya. Ikaw ay matutuwa at magiging maligaya, at marami ang magagalak sa kanyang pagsilang sapagkat siya'y magiging dakila sa paningin ng Panginoon. Hindi siya iinom ng alak o anumang inuming nakalalasing. Sa sinapupunan pa lamang ng kanyang ina, mapupuspos na siya ng Espiritu Santo. Marami sa mga anak ng Israel ang panunumbalikin niya sa kanilang Panginoong Diyos. Mauuna siya sa Panginoon, taglay ang espiritu at kapangyarihan ni Elias, upang pagkasunduin ang mga ama at ang mga anak, at panumbalikin sa daan ng matuwid ang mga suwail. Sa gayon, ipaghahanda niya ng isang bayan ang Panginoon."
Sinabi ni Zacarias sa anghel," Paano ko po matitiyak na mangyayari ito? Sapagkat ako'y napakatanda na at gayon din ang aking asawa." Sumagot ang anghel, "Ako si Gabriel na naglilingkod sa harapan ng Diyos. Sinugo ako upang ihatid sa iyo ang mabuting balitang sinabi ko na sa iyo. At ngayon, mabibingi ka't hindi makapagsasalita hanggang sa araw na maganap ang mga bagay na ito, sapagkat hindi ka naniwala sa mga sinabi ko na matutupad pagdating ng takdang panahon."
Samantala, naghihintay naman kay Zacarias ang mga tao. Nagtaka sila kung bakit nagtagal siya nang gayon sa loob ng templo. Paglabas niya ay hindi na siya makapagsalita, mga senyas na lamang ang ginagamit niya; kaya natanto nila na nakakita siya ng pangitain. At siya'y nanatiling pipi.
Nang matapos ang panahon ng kanyang paglilingkod ay umuwi na siya. Hindi nga nagtagal at naglihi si Elisabet, at hindi ito umalis ng bahay sa loob ng limang buwan. "Ngayo'y nilingap ako ng Panginoon," wika ni Elisabet. "Ginawa niya ito upang alisin ang aking kadustaan sa harapan ng mga tao!"
There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the Lord appeared to the woman and said to her, “Though you are barren and have had no children, yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drink and to eat nothing unclean. As for the son you will conceive and bear, no razor shall touch his head, for this boy is to be consecrated to God from the womb. It is he who will begin the deliverance of Israel from the power of the Philistines.”
The woman went and told her husband, “A man of God came to me; he had the appearance of an angel of God, terrible indeed. I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name. But he said to me, ‘You will be with child and will bear a son. So take neither wine nor strong drink, and eat nothing unclean. For the boy shall be consecrated to God from the womb, until the day of his death.’ ”
The woman bore a son and named him Samson. The boy grew up and the Lord blessed him. The spirit of the Lord stirred him.
In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years.
Once when he was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be fi lled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn the hearts of fathers toward children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”
Then Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel said to him in reply, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. But now you will be speechless and unable to talk until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfi lled at their proper time.”
Meanwhile the people were waiting for Zechariah and were amazed that he stayed so long in the sanctuary. But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the sanctuary. He was gesturing to them but remained mute. Then, when his days of ministry were completed, he went home.
After this time his wife Elizabeth conceived, and she went into seclusion for five months, saying, “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.”
Scripture readings courtesy of Word & Life Publications.
Have a wonderful day and a happy Christmas! –Rappler.com
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