Simbang Gabi

Dec. 13, 2008


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Simbang Gabi 2008
Simbang Gabi ("Blessing Mass") gathers people from across Western Washington.  The highlight of this celebration is the blessing of parols (star-shaped lanterns) which symbolize the light of Christ, guiding us on our Advent journey.

Simbang Gabi 2008
Our own Lita McBride, with Marie Cadungug, carries a beautiful Filipino cloth which will be placed over the altar for the celebration of the Eucharist.

Simbang Gabi 2008
During the Gloria, parols descend from the oculus.

Simbang Gabi 2008

Simbang Gabi 2008
The descent of the parols captures everyone's attention.

Simbang Gabi 2008
The assembly joins in singing Mary's song of thanksgiving, the Magnificat.

Simbang Gabi 2008
After the homily, the coordinators of the Simbang Gabi novena from across the Archdiocese come forward with their parols for a special blessing.

Simbang Gabi 2008

Simbang Gabi 2008
Gift bearers represented some of the many different cultures that come together in the Catholic community of Western Washington.

Simbang Gabi 2008
This celebration is all about community.

Simbang Gabi 2008
The Filipino children's choir under the direction of Carmen Pelayre and Ella Rosana provided marvelous music for this celebration.

Simbang Gabi 2008

Simbang Gabi 2008
At the conclusion of Mass, members of the community presented Archbishop Brunett with a lei.  The young man who leads them carries an image of San Lorenzo Ruiz, patron saint of the Philippines.

Simbang Gabi 2008

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