‘Simbang Gabi' guidelines issued
Manila Bulletin|December 2, 2020
CBCP hopes Filipinos will not lose sight of the season’s essence amid pandemic
LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO

LIGHTING OF THE FLAG – LED lights form the outline of the Philippine flag at Rizal Park Monday night in observance of Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 157th birth anniversary. The spectacle designed by entrepreneur and Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz. (Manny Llanes)

The celebration of Aguinaldo Masses, “Misa de Gallo,” or “Simbang Gabi” will be entirely different this season in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In compliance with the government health protocols to avoid spreading the virus, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued instructions on how the traditional Simbang Gabi will be celebrated.

But while the faithful will be experiencing a different kind of Christmas celebration this year, the CBCP expressed hope that the faithful will not lose sight of the essence of the season.

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