Simbang Gabi 2018

Simbang Gabi 2018 Schedule

Saturday, December 15th, 7:00 PM
Our Lady of Good Counsel
8601 Wolftrap Rd SE
Vienna, VA 22182
Rev. Thomas Ferguson, Celebrant 
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Saturday, December 15

  • 9:00 AM Church of the Nativity, Burke
  • 7:00 PM St. John the Apostle, Leesburg
  • 7:00 PM St. Bernadette, Springfield
  • 7:00 PM St. Leo the Great, Fairfax

Sunday, December 16

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 4:30 PM St. James, Falls Church
  • 6:30 PM St. Thomas a Becket, Reston
  • 7:00 PM St. Theresa, Ashburn

Monday, December 17

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 6:30 AM Sacred Heart, Manassas
  • 7:00 PM Queen of Apostles, Alexandria
  • 7:00 PM St. Veronica, Chantilly

Tuesday, December 18

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 7:00 PM St. Joseph, Herndon
  • 7:30 PM St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ridge

Wednesday, December 19

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 6:30 AM Sacred Heart, Manassas
  • 7:00 PM St. Anthony of Padua, Falls Church
    Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Celebrant

Thursday December 20

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 7:00 PM St. Timothy, Chantilly
  • 7:00 PM St. Francis de Sales, Purcellville
  • 7:30 PM St. Stephen the Martyr, Middleburg

Friday, December 21

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 6:30 AM Sacred Heart, Manassas
  • 7:00 PM Blessed Sacrament, Alexandria
  • 7:00 PM Our Lady of Hope, Potomac Falls
  • 7:00 PM St. Mary of Sorrows, Fairfax
  • 7:00 PM All Saints, Manassas
  • 7:00 PM St. Louis, Alexandria
  • 7:30 PM Christ the Redeemer, Sterling

Saturday, December 22

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlingto
  • 7:30 PM St. Philip, Falls Church



Sunday, December 23

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington
  • 12:15 PM Sacred Heart, Manassas
  • 7:30 PM Holy Spirit, Annandale 

Monday, December 24

  • 5:00 AM St. Charles Borromeo, Arlington



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Media Coverage

"Bishop Burbidge joins 1,400 at Filipino community Mass for Simbang Gabi" - By Zoey Maraist, Catholic Herald Staff Writer

In the 16th century, Spanish friars introduced the people of the Philippines to Simbang Gabi — the custom of attending Mass on each of the nine days leading up to Christmas. Before the sun rose, and before they headed out to labor in the fields or set out to sea, people would gather to celebrate Advent.

Growing up in the Philippines, Sylvia “Beng” Magalong, a parishioner of Holy Spirit Church in Annandale, occasionally would go with her mother early in the morning to Simbang Gabi Masses. When she moved to the United States, attending Simbang Gabi became a way to remember her culture.

“I think it’s a form of evangelization,” said Magalong, who likes to invite family and friends to the celebrations.



Performances from Simbang Gabi 2017

"Payapang Daigdig” arranged by Brian Ponce

Learn more about Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi

Simbang Gabi (Filipino for "Night Mass") is a devotional mass held during the Season of Advent. It consists of a series 9-day Mass celebrations leading up to Christmas Eve. With the support and approval of the Bishop, the various parish churches throughout the Arlington Diocese participate in these masses.

The Simbang Gabi Masses in the Philippines are held daily from December 16–24 and occur at different times ranging from as early as 3:00 am to 5:00 am. This tradition was introduced by the Spanish friars to allow the farmers to hear mass before going to the fields early in the morning. Over the years, evening Masses were introduced to accommodate the schedules of faithful who could not attend morning celebrations. On the last day of the Simbang Gabi, which is Christmas Eve, the service is instead called Misa de Gallo (Spanish for "Rooster's Mass").

Parol Stars

In the Philippines, the parol has become an iconic symbol of the Filipino Christmas and is as important to Filipinos as the Christmas Tree is to Western cultures. Its annual debut on houses and streets is usually in September along with other Christmas symbols, signalling the coming of the season. The parol also retains its original association with the Simbang Gabi ritual, a series of dawn masses that lasts for nine days. These lanterns remain until January, traditionally removed after Epiphany, to honor the Three Kings and their visit to the infant Jesus.