Father Joel Jason, a former dean of San Carlos Seminary in Manila, said the "belief" that attending the Misa de gallo without fail makes wishes come true is embedded in Filipino tradition.
It is a devotion "not a doctrinal teaching," he
"When we do something [good], God will reward us," said Father Jason
But devotion "does not guarantee the endowment of desires."
said being motivated by wishes transforms worship into a mechanical practice instead of a spiritual one.
"More than the number, I would rather focus on the dedication in the heart," the priest said.
"We want to complete our attendance in the Misa de gallo as an expression of our devotion.
Whether God grants our wishes or not ... is just a bonus," Father Jason
It continues to be a reminder for people "to anticipate the grace of God at the first moments of our day and offer our first work of the day," Father Jason
"The figure of Santa Claus is not doctrinally endorsed, but we do promote devotion to St. Nicholas to inspire us to become charitable," said Father Jason
said it is about "giving without expecting anything in return."