Christmas is such a huge event for the people of the Philippines. As early as September, Christmas songs are already playing inside malls, while Christmas trees and other decorations are already put up inside homes. Filipinos also practice several Christmas traditions in the hopes that their heart’s desire would be fulfilled.
Among these traditions is attending all nine evening or dawn masses. From December 16 until Christmas Eve, Filipinos hear mass as part of their Christmas celebration. There’s also this belief that if you are able to attend all nine evening or dawn masses, you will be able to pray or wish for something you truly want, and it will be granted.
This year, one dog from Ormoc, Leyte, caught the attention of everyone at one particular church, including the priest. The dog is named “Bukoy,” and he, along with several churchgoers, was present at all nine evening masses. While everyone was seated at the pews, Bukoy would sit along the aisle and just behave himself while the masses were ongoing.
It was such an amazing sight that at the end of the ninth mass, the priest even congratulated the dog. The priest also declared that the dog would be blessed and that the Lord God would surely listen to the doggo’s prayers.
Hoping to share the one-of-a-kind story, Maria Daye Laude decided to take a picture of Bukoy for several nights as proof that Bukoy did attend all nine masses. The pictures were then posted online and caught the attention of the staff of a local newspaper, Inquirer.net.
Better than most humans
As the story quickly gained attention in the online world, many people pointed out that Bukoy had completed the evening masses while most humans did not. While some humans were preoccupied with something else, Bukoy spent at least an hour every day for nine months hearing mass.
Credits to Inquirer