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Filipino Catholics celebrate Simbang Gabi with Cardinal Cupich

By Karen Callaway | Photo editor
December 23, 2018

Filipino Catholics celebrate Simbang Gabi with Cardinal Cupich

Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant during a Simbang Gabi Mass on Dec. 20, 2018 at Old St. Mary’s Church in Chicago. Simbang Gabi, one of the oldest and most popular Filipino Christmas traditions, is a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother that culminates on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ. (Karen Callaway/ Chicago Catholic)
A parol (star-shaped lantern fashioned out of bamboo and colored paper to form a three-dimensional star) was carried in procession.
Children carry parols (star-shaped lanterns fashioned out of bamboo and colored paper) in the entrance procession. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Women place parols in holders by the altar. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A child carries a parol in the entrance procession. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Karrel Bernardo cantors during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich gives the homily during a Simbang Gabi Mass on Dec. 20. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
An altar server listens as Cardinal Cupich gives the homily. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Assisted by two altar servers Cardinal Cupich washes his hands before Consecration. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant during a Simbang Gabi Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Parishioners sing during Mass. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich was the main celebrant during a Simbang Gabi Mass on Dec. 20, 2018 at Old St. Mary’s Church in Chicago. Simbang Gabi, one of the oldest and most popular Filipino Christmas traditions, is a nine-day novena to the Blessed Mother that culminates on Christmas Eve to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)

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