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Simbang Gabi is a beloved Advent tradition from the Philippines. It is a novena of Masses leading up to Christmas. At the center of the celebration is the parol or star-shaped lantern, a sign of the light of Christ.

Each year the Cathedral hosts a Mass with a blessing of the parols to be placed in parishes throughout the Archdiocese, as well as the ministers who coordinate the Simbang Gabi novena all over western Washington.

The entrance of the parol-bearers is definitely worth a photo!

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop, celebrated the Mass this year. In his homily, he spoke about the symbols of Simbang Gabi, especially the parol.

During the Gloria, parols descend from the oculus. The Cathedral's parols were created by Adolfo and Teresita Guerrero.  Teresita was part of the planning group that brought this celebration to the Cathedral nearly twenty years ago. She was remembered in a special way in the intentions for the Mass.

The blessing of the parols and the Simbang Gabi coordinators.

The blessings of the Advent season to all who celebrate Simbang Gabi!


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