This is an image of the Commissioning of the Simbang Gabi in South City a few years back. These days now intensify as Christmas draws very near. The novena of Masses at the dawn is a tradition that has found its way on the Archdiocesan scale in the city named after the friar of Assisi. In this celebration of daily Eucharist, hundreds of pilgrims come to the altar to hear the Church recall her story – the timeless story of how God broke through!
And the parol, or the lighted star, will lead the way. It is found in most Filipino homes and it is a reminder that Christ is the light of the world. We are compelled to follow that star which no longer leads to a cave in modern day Bethelhem, but leads us interiorly to the empty heart of our souls. And in that emptiness, Mary brings Christ – born again in our lives!