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Simbang Gabi Commissioning

A Filipino tradition, the Christmas Novena of Masses called Simbang Gabi (pronounced simBAHNGgahBEE, meaning “Dawn Mass” in Tagalog) begins its ninth annual celebration in the Archdiocese. The Commissioning Mass, which heralds the beginning of the season, is at St. Mary’s Cathedral on December 6 at 7:30 pm, with Bishop William Justice as main celebrant. During the Novena period, from December 16 to 24, more than 45 parishes will celebrate Masses as part of this tradition. For complete information and a schedule of Masses, see the full-page ad in the November 17 issue of Catholic San Francisco newspaper. For the history and meaning of Simbang Gabi, see this 2011 article in Catholic San Francisco.

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