by Dahren Sta. Ana
Almost one thousand residents of the said barangay adhere in the first day of the Christmas tradition.
According to Sister Theresita Faustino, Chapel president, they expected that a lot of devoted Catholics will come in the first day of Simbang gabi.
“Siguro Kulang-kulang mga isang libo kasi punung-puno eh, dito lang sa loob eh apaw na apaw ang tao. Inasahan na namin 'yon kasi ganoon naman talaga kapag unang araw ng simbang gabi. Mga more or less one thousand people,” she said.
Faustino also noticed that many Catholics attended the Misa de Gallo than the ordinary mass. “Mas marami 'yong nagsisimba ngayon kasi 'yong simbang gabi ay isang pinakamahalagang pagdiriwang ng sansinukob, ng buong mundo, kaya 'yong simbang gabi ay talagang pinaghahandaan ng buong mamamayan.”
Meanwhile, almost half of the attendees chose to stand outside the chapel until the mass ended.
“Masikip na kasi sa loob tapos mainit pa, unang araw kasi ng misa kaya ang daming tao, dito na lang kami sa labas, dinig din naman 'yong sinasabi ng pari,” explained Rosalie Santos, 35.
“Ayos lang kahit nakatayo kami, ang importante na naman 'yong salita ng Diyos,” said Beth Mendiola, 51.
“Hindi naman kasi namin kaya gumising nang maaga para maupo sa loob eh, ayos na kami dito,” said Mirna Ilag, 61.
On the other hand, for the preparation of Misa de Gallo, the church coordinators and sponsors set a meeting to talk about the preparation in this coming December 23.
One of the things they talked about is the painting of the church.
According to Sister Catherine Santiago, one of the coordinators, first, they discussed the plan of painting the church to make it more beautiful before Christmas comes.
“Una, pagpapapintura dahil gusto natin sa araw ng pasko eh maganda 'yong ating simbahan,” she said.
It was Pascual Pacho Chico who sponsored the materials to be used in the painting of the chapel.
Second, Christmas decorations to be put up were also discussed. The money to be used will be coming from the funds of the chapel.They also talked about the things that will be used, including the choir who will sing every morning.
“Ang simbang gabi ay paghahanda para sa pagbabalik natin sa Diyos. Kilalanin natin ang Panginoon higit sa lahat,” Sister Catherine ended.
The Holy mass in Sto. Rosario chapel starts at 5am in the morning led by Rev. Father Willy Lucas, the Parish priest.