Papal nuncio to celebrate ‘Misa de Gallo’ on Dec. 18

Papal nuncio to celebrate ‘Misa de Gallo’ on Dec. 18

Archbishop Charles John Brown presents his letter of credence to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the new Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Philippines during a virtual ceremony in Malacañang on December 14, 2020. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

By CBCP News

December 17, 2020

Manila, Philippines

Papal nuncio Archbishop Charles John Brown will be leading the traditional “Misa de Gallo” at a church in Manila on Friday, December 18.

The is the first time that Archbishop Brown will celebrate a public Mass since he arrived in the country on Nov. 29.

The liturgical celebration will be held at 5:30 a.m. at the parish where the Apostolic Nunciature is, St. Anthony of Padua, in Malate’s Singalong street.

Fr. Benny Tuazon, the parish priest, said that the Vatican envoy has accepted their invitation to preside one of their novena Masses.

“You (Archbishop Brown) came just in time for the joyous traditional Simbang Gabi here in the Philippines,” Fr. Tuazon said.

“The faithful community here in St. Anthony of Padua in Singalong parish anticipates with great joy your presence and awaits with enthusiasm your reflection,” he said.

Under quarantine protocols, religious gatherings are only allowed at 30 percent seating capacity of the venue in areas under general community quarantine like Metro Manila.

To reach out more people, the priest said the Mass will be livestreamed on their Facebook page.

Archbishop Brown on Dec. 14 presented his letter of credence to President Rodrigo Duterte as the new Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See to the Philippines during a virtual ceremony in Malacañang.

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