S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Friday, December 16, 2005

Simbang Gabi -- A Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Faith

Today, the Philippine Church starts its age-old tradition of Simbang Gabi, otherwise known as the Misa de Aguinaldo. This tradition of holding Masses at the early hours of the morning for nine days is distinctly Filipino.

As we celebrate with joyful anticipation Christ's Birth, our Bishops have asked us to offer these Masses as our prayer of Gratitude to God for the great gift of the Faith. The Bishops likewise admonish us, to pray for the preservation of the Faith among our people. Our faith has been harassed and is continued to be harassed by the world's culture of secularism, materialism, and apathy.

Let us therefore suppliantly beg the Lord, in His generosity and mercy, to bless us and our country, most especially in this time of crisis and uncertainty, that we as a people will remain fervent in our faith. May Mary, the Patroness of the Philippine Islands, join us and assist us with her prayers.


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