The season of Advent is upon us, and many Catholics in the Chicagoland area will be looking forward to the Filipino Advent tradition known as Simbang Gabi. It is a nine day novena of consecutive Masses that ends just before Christmas. Since its beginning in the Chicagoland area during the mid 1980’s, the Masses have only been done in the Ordinary Form, also known as the Novus Ordo Missae. In an article titled, “Filipino Reflections on Restoring the Sacred in Advent,” I explained the meaning of Simbang Gabi, and why it should also be done in the Extraordinary Form, also known as the Tridentine Latin Mass (TLM). I ended the article with somewhat of a challenge to Filipino Catholics by writing:
“For the Filipino community to have TLM novena Masses, an initiative to restore the sacredness of Misa de Aguinaldo in Simbang Gabi needs to take place. There are already several churches in the area who offer the TLM on a regular basis, but will the Filipino community reach out and utilize them? Only time will tell.”
Great news! I am happy to announce that the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be having a Simbang Gabi Mass this Advent. It will be the first known TLM Simbang Gabi Mass in the Chicagoland area. This historic event will be hosted and celebrated by the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. All Catholics are encouraged to pray this special Mass and experience a special tradition that will help people deepen their preparation for Christmas. Details about this historical event are as follows:
Chicagoland’s First Tridentine Latin Mass Simbang Gabi
Where: Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (see note below)
6415 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Time: 8:00 am High Mass / Filipino reception follows immediately at St. Benedict Hall
Note: Mass will take place in the Upper Room (3rd floor). Entrance is on 6400 S. Kimbark Ave.
Contact Info: Tel: 1-773-363-7409 • Em•ail: firstname.lastname@example.org • website
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For now, this is the only known TLM Simbang Gabi in the Chicagoland area this year. With your prayers and help, there will someday be nine consecutive TLM Simbang Gabi Masses done in different Churches. As the TLM Simbang Gabi grows, there will also be a time when the final Mass is celebrated by Bishop Perry or other Prelates. Until that time comes, we can still do our own Simbang Gabi novena by praying the TLM on our own for nine consecutive days at any of the churches offering it. Here is a list of churches in the area that offer both Sunday AND daily TLM Masses:
Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priests
6415 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
St. John Cantius
825 N. Carpenter St.
Chicago, IL 60642
1329 Belleview Ave.
Rockdale, IL 60436
27551 Volo Village Road
Volo, Illinois, 60073
Note: A list of other churches that offer periodic or Sunday only TLM Masses in the Chicagoland area can be seen here.
For anyone wanting to follow the progress of the TLM Simbang Gabi in the Chicagoland area, please visit the Restoring the Sacred Simbang Gabi facebook page.