Simbang Gabi (Church Night?)

@Modelcoy (184)
Philippines
December 23, 2007 9:51pm CST
In our country the Philippines, we have this tradition at early morning we get up and go to mass as early as 4am starting on the 16th till Christmas Eve. It is a very nice tradition I can tell you that... but this kinda bugs me: Does anyone know why we start to go to church starting on the 16th of December??? Why is that??? Why 9 days before Christmas???
3 responses
• Philippines
2 Jan 08
Christmas is a doctrine and tradition of the Roman Catholic Church which follows the Catechism and not the Holy Bible. Try opening the website on the Catechism and your question might be correctly answered. Christians do not celebrate Christmas and so they do not go to the masses officiated by the Roman Catholic Church priests from December 16 to 25. I am also a Filipino and there are now many Filipinos who have realized and found out that the Roman Catholic Church does not follow the Holy Bible and in fact many Catholics do not even know how to find verses in the Bible because they do not study the Holy Bible as Christians do.
• Philippines
2 Jan 08
Yeah, I agree. If you really want to learn the truth, do not rely on priest or any other human, read your Bible!
@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
24 Dec 07
Ooooh, I absolutely love this. Unfortunately I haven't attended dawn mass for so long. *sigh* I miss that. I forgot the reason it was nine days it does have religious significance maybe if I can come across the answers sometime I'll tell you... If you can't find a satisfactory answer here why don't you ask it at yahoo philipines answers heck it might have been answered already.
@Modelcoy (184)
• Philippines
28 Dec 07
Well I appreciate the answer and thanks for the tip... I think I'll do that...
@Harley009 (1420)
• India
24 Dec 07
I asked to my Christian friends(Roman Catholic, Latin Catholic, Orthodox, Syrian/Anglican, protestant, pentecostal) in India, they don't have such a thing here, they goto Church on Christmas eve, few people go to church in the Christmas morning.