Simbang Gabi

The St. Leander Filipino Community invites everyone to celebrate the
Advent Season with the 9-day Novena Masses or Simbang Gabi 2017 from
December 16-24, 2017 at 5 o’clock in the morning.
Simbang Gabi is a Filipino tradition in anticipation of Christmas and to honor the
Virgin. This tradition was introduced by Spanish friars in 1669. This was a
compromise for farmers who began work before sunrise to avoid the heat. During
Christmas season the people would attend mass despite their long work day.
Therefore, the clergy began to do mass in the early morning. while still dark and before people
went out to work the land.
Please join us in the solemnity of this Filipino tradition as we complete the Novena
Masses with a heart-filled gratitude to the coming of our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!
May the Infant Jesus be our constant guide and source of Joy and Peace!