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. 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.
Narito ang pahayag ng Makapangyarihang Panginoon, “Ipadadala ko ang aking sugo upang ihanda ang daraanan ko. At ang Panginoon na inyong hinahanap ay biglang darating sa kanyang templo. Darating ang pinakahihintay ninyong sugo at ipahahayag ang aking tipan.
Ngunit sino ang makatatagal pagdating ng araw na iyon? Sino ang makahaharap pag siya’y napakita na? Siya’y parang apoy na nagpapadalisay sa bakal at parang matapang na sabon. Darating siya para humatol at dadalisayin niya ang mga saserdote, tulad ng pagdalisay sa pilak at ginto. Sa gayon, magiging karapat-dapat silang maghandog sa Panginoon, at ang mga handog na dadalhin ng mga taga-Juda at Jerusalem ay magiging kalugud-lugod sa kanya, tulad ng dati.
Ngunit bago dumating ang nakahihindik na araw ng Panginoon, isusugo ko sa inyo si Propeta Elias. Muling magkakalapit ang loob ng mga ama’t mga anak. Kung hindi’y mapipilitan akong pumariyan at wasakin ang inyong bayan.”
Dumating ang oras ng panganganak ni Elisabet, at nagluwal siya ng isang sanggol na lalaki. Nabalitaan ng kanyang mga kapitbahay at mga kamag-anak na siya’y pinagpala ng Panginoon, at nakigalak sila sa kanya.
Nang ikawalong araw, dumalo sila sa pagtutuli ng sanggol. Zacarias sana ang ipangangalan sa kanya – gaya ng kanyang ama – ngunit sinabi ng kanyang ina, “Hindi! Juan ang ipangangalan sa kanya.” “Subalit wala isa man sa iyong mga kamag-anak ang may ganyang pangalan,” wika nila. Kaya’t hinudyatan nila ang kanyang ama at itinanong kung ano ang ibig niyang itawag sa sanggol. Humingi siya ng masusulatan at sumulat ng ganito: “Juan ang kanyang pangalan.” At namangha silang lahat. Pagdaka’y nakapagsalita siya at nagpuri sa Diyos. Natakot ang lahat ng kanilang kapit-bahay, anupat naging usap-usapan sa buong kaburulan ng Judea ang mga bagay na ito. Pinakaisip-isip ito ng lahat ng nakaalam at ang kanilang tanong: “Magiging ano nga kaya ang batang ito?” Sapagkat maliwanag na sumasakanya ang Panginoon.
Thus says the Lord God:
Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; and suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Yes, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who will endure the day of his coming? And who can stand when he appears? For he is like the refi ner’s fi re, or like the fuller’s lye. He will sit refining and purifying silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold or like silver that they may offer due sacrifi ce to the Lord. Then the sacrifice of Judah and Jerusalem will please the Lord, as in the days of old, as in years gone by.
Lo, I will send you Elijah, the prophet, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and terrible day, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with doom.
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcize the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
Scripture readings courtesy of Word & Life Publications.
Have a wonderful day and a happy Christmas! – Rappler.com
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