Attended Rooster’s Mass for the First Time this Year

December 20, 2011

The onset of this year’s Simbang Gabi (Rooster’s Mass) (Misa de Gallo in Spanish) was quite untimely to many – including us. It was Friday, 16th when the storm, Sendong was spotted at the Philippine Area of Responsibility that caused rainy days to most parts of Mindanao.

I am not actually a religious follower of Simbang Gabi though mom, my siblings and I always try not to miss day one. However, this year was just a real struggling one. Thank God Sendong already stormed his way out of the country before we miss the entire 9-day celebration. Mom and I made it this morning – 5th day. We are only few meters away so we didn’t mind walking our way towards the church. As we expected church goers are already overflowing when we arrived so like the in the past we we’re on our feet the whole time.

Over here, mass starts at exactly 4 O’clock in the morning and usually ends in an hour or two depending on the officiating priest. I had to snap this photo real quick just as people were starting to walk themselves out of the church this morning.


St. James Parish Church of Compostela


Before heading to the city to drop our donation packages for CDO and Iligan City tomorrow, mom and I look forward to attend the celebration again on the 6th day. :-)

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15 comments

  1. I haven't experienced Simbang Gabi, since I'm not a Catholic. I'd love to experience it. Anyways, it was really a horrible tragedy at CDO and Iligan. I donated via Red Cross to help the them.

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  2. I can't remember the last time I was able to attend simbang gabi at 4am. We usually do it now at night. :) Thank you sharing this!

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  3. i have beautiful memories of simbang gabi and when i look back at it, still makes me smile. i hope i can do that again.

    advance merry x-mas.

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  4. it's great to know that you and your family were unharmed during the recent typhoon..stay safe and dry! :)

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  5. Wow. A lot of people attended the mass. It is hard for me to wake myself up so early. I can't do it. Hahaha. Though I miss eating puto bumbong early in the morning. Hehehe.

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  6. I never miss simbang gabi for almost 12 years now. (Of course, I am choir master that is why).

    But something's different from our current rooster mass since we've got more people filling up our community chapel compared from last year. It's like Sunday here at our chapel that's why the chorus is working hard to serve. :D

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  7. Misa de Aguinaldo as others used to call it, for actually it's Misa de Gallo caused it's the time wherein cock crows to welcome the new morning dawn. It's a quite an ordeal for the kids to wake too early in the morning and be with their parents to hear the mass. But since I was a kid, I loved it. Sometimes I was just wakened up by my late mother telling me the mass is already over for I was asleep again! And the rest was a history.

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  8. It's been 5 years since the last time I spent Christmas in the Philippines. I miss Simbang Gabi, my friends and the bibingka on the streets of our town. Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. I experienced Simbang Gabi once . I tried attending the mass last 16th but I failed , huh I didn't woke up :(

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  10. I haven't attended simbang gabi pa, I envy you, but hoping to attend before Noche Buena.


    Please comment back...

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  11. For some reason I don't attend Simbang Gabi. I love eating bibingka though.hehe

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  12. a very nice tradition that we Catholic Filipinos should always honor

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  13. It's great because it's also an opportunity for the entire family to bond and be together.

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