By John Nery
Before you listen to tonight’s Christmas Eve homily, you may want to prepare for the ordeal with the following joke. “We know… that both [the faithful] and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!”
By Rina Jimenez-David
“Church or no church, dawn Masses go on,” goes the headline of a story in yesterday’s issue of the Inquirer about the first day of the nine-day “Simbang Gabi” or dawn Mass, one of the most beloved and enduring traditions of the Filipino Christmas celebration.
By Juan L. Mercado
The traditional “Misa de Gallo” starts on Dec. 16 and ends on Christmas Eve. And once again, the features of a grime-streaked beggar who wouldn’t budge from the church door will haunt us.
By Elaine F. Fallarcuna
When the month of December began, I decided to take a break in my daily grind to muse on a meaningful Christmas.
By Michael L. Tan
Officialy, the early morning Misa de Gallo today, so called because of the crowing of roosters (gallo), marks the beginning of a nine-day countdown to Christmas but every Filipino, and expatriate, knows the Christmas season here starts much earlier, covering the last four “ber” months of the year.