Ever Heard of the “Hubo” Mass?

Yes, this is about “undressing” but no, this article is not about oblation run. Hubo Mass is the annual tradition of the changing of the vestments of the image of the Sto. Niño which happens after the feast of the Holy Child here in the Archdiocese of Cebu, Philippines. Thousands of devotees, bringing with them images of the baby Jesus, gathered at the Sto. Niño Basilica Pilgrim Center last January 23, 2015 to attend this year’s Mass and witness the ritual.



Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA, the Rector of the Basilica, reminded the faithful that this is not only about changing the clothes of the baby Jesus but “to understand our baptism better” as each item being removed represents His suffering and eventual death. After the homily, the Sto. Niño’s crown is removed, followed by the orb, the scepter and the armlet, the bands, cape, tunic, the inner garments and boots.


Photo Credit: Emmanuel Ordoňa

Photo Credit: Emmanuel Ordoňa

The naked image of the Sto. Niño was immediately dipped in perfumed water. This water is then given to the faithful as it is believed to have cured devotees who were sick.



The Sto. Niño was dressed up again while prayers were recited. This ritual of vesting the Niño marks the end of the Sinulog season, and signals the preparation for next month’s Lenten season. The Holy Mass was broadcasted live over DYRF-Cebu, the official radio station of the International Eucharistic Congress 2016.



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