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Advent prayer traditions enrich faith and fellowship
December 8th, 2010

We in the Archdiocese of San Francisco are fortunate to share our Catholic faith with many different nationalities and traditions. In the Advent season, Filipino and Latino Catholics have brought us a rich tradition of the Christmas novena.

This is an opportunity to share the Eucharist and fellowship and friendship with others during this special season of preparing for Christ’s birth. So often, amid the hustle and bustle of shopping, advertising and general hubbub, it is easy to feel lonely and alone. And many of us are alone in ways those around us may or may not know.

The Simbang Gabi and Las Posadas traditions are nine days of Mass leading up to Christmas. In almost every corner of the Archdiocese, there are early morning or evening Masses followed by refreshments and fellowship. Consider taking an hour or so to discover these beautiful traditions, to come closer to Christ and to his Church, and attend Mass at one of the many Simbang Gabi or Las Posadas events around the Archdiocese. For a schedule of Simbang Gabi events in the Archdiocese, see

From December 10, 2010 issue of Catholic San Francisco.



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