A celebration of the Eucharist in the traditional Filipino Simbang Gabi will be held at the St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church located at 215 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge on Monday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.
The celebration is sponsored by the St. Bede Simbang Gabi Committee co-chaired by Grace Mercado Ouano and Ludi Cruz-Herrera.
Simbang Gabi has been adapted from its roots in the Philippine Catholic tradition. It showcases the unique religious experience of the Filipino people that was fostered by their economic milieu.
It developed as a tradition of the Christmas season where the people commit themselves to celebrate the Mass nine consecutive days (as a novena) to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Lord on Christmas day.