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I am a member of the music ministry in my parish.
The question goes: Is the choir allowed to sing liturgical Christmas songs during Misa de Aguinaldo (or Simbang Gabi)?
Here in the Philippines, we celebrate a 9 days Msa de Aguinaldo starting December 16 until December 24 at 4 or 5 am.
Our parish priest do not allow us to sing liturgical Christmas songs for the following reasons:
-- Misa de Aguinaldo is still part of the Advent season.
-- It is not yet Christmas.
(By the way, we have new priests assigned to our parish this year. Previously, we were allowed to sing Christmas songs on Misa de Aguinaldo for 10 years.)
However, based on my research, the Philippines has a special permission from Vatican that we can celebrate our Misa de Aguinaldo in a festive way. Gloria is sung. Priests wear white vestments which are currently observed. Christmas carols can also be sung. Source: catholicchurch.ph/filer/Guidelines-on-the-Celebration-of-SIMBANG-GABI.pdf (Paragraph 3). I cannot argue yet with our parish priest because I have not found the actual document from Vatican.
Can anyone shed a light?
If you need more info please tell me. Thanks!