In the gentle morning hues of Phuket, a diverse congregation gathered at St. Joseph’s Church from December 16th to the 24th, marking a cherished tradition known as Misa De Gallo or Simbang Gabi. This nine-day novena of early morning masses at 5:00 AM held a special significance in our parish, welcoming parishioners from different nationalities, with a strong presence from our beloved Filipino community.
The pews resonated with prayers, uniting hearts in preparation for the Christmas season. Even amidst their daily work commitments, parishioners found solace and spiritual strength by starting their mornings with this time-honored tradition.
Misa De Gallo holds a distinct place in the hearts of our parishioners. Beyond the spiritual significance, it has become a beautiful tradition for attendees to come together not only in prayer but also in fellowship. A heartwarming custom in our parish is the preparation of breakfast by attendees, a tradition that fosters a sense of togetherness and community spirit.
For our Filipino parishioners, Misa De Gallo isn’t just a religious practice; it’s a nostalgic bridge to their homeland. The shared meals after each mass evoke memories of home, bringing flavors and camaraderie reminiscent of Filipino Christmases. The aroma of traditional Filipino dishes fills the air, creating a sense of warmth and belonging.
As we concluded those nine days of devotion, the echoes of shared prayers and fellowship lingered in our hearts. Misa De Gallo wasn’t just a religious practice; it was a celebration of faith, community, and the joyous anticipation of Christ’s birth.
St. Joseph’s Church in Phuket remains not only a place of worship but also a sanctuary where souls find solace, a sense of belonging, and a shared sense of home. May the spirit of Misa De Gallo continue to illuminate our lives, forging bonds that transcend boundaries and languages, uniting us in the profound journey towards Christmas.
In this season of hope and love, we carry the memories of Misa De Gallo, where faith became a guiding light and where the simple act of sharing a meal became a testament to the warmth of community and the joy of the holiday season.