By Leslie Ann Aquino
The faithful will have more time to venerate the Black Nazarene as the image will be brought to the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila, for the “pahalik”.
Based on the Calendar of Activities for Traslacion 2019 released by Quiapo Church, the “pahalik” will begin at 8 a.m. on January 8.
Other activities at the Quirino Grandstand on the said day are band parade to be followed by an overnight vigil which shall have spiritual talks, youth dance/drama presentations and catechesis.
The procession of the replicas of the Black Nazarene was also held as part of the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
The replica procession is being held yearly to somehow decongest the number of people that usually attend the Feast Day celebration every January 9.
The day of the feast will commence with a celebration of Holy Mass by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as main celebrant. The long procession commemorating the “Traslacion” of the Nazareno from Luneta to Quiapo will immediately follow.
The procession, which will start after the 4 a.m. morning prayer at the Quirino Grandstand, will take the following route: from Quirino Grandstand left to Katigbak Drive through Padre Burgos St., left to Taft Avenue through Jones Bridge, right to Dasmariñas St., right Plaza Sta. Cruz St., left Carlos Palanca St. through under Quezon Bridge, left Quezon Blvd., right Arlegui St., right Fraternal St., right Vergara St., left Duque de Alba St., left Castillejos St., left Farnecio St., right Arlegui St., left to Nepomuceno St., left Concepcion Aguila St., right to Carcer St., right to Hidalgo St., through Plaza del Carmen, left to Bilibid Viejo through Gil Puyat, left JP De Guzman St., right to Hidalgo St., left to Barbosa St., right Arlegui St, left Quezon Blvd,, right to Palanca St. through under Quezon Bridge, right to Villalobos St., through Plaza Miranda all the way to Quiapo Church.
Days before the procession, church officials appealed to the millions of devotees expected to attend this year’s procession to make it peaceful and orderly.
“There is no need to push and shove as the Nazareno is in Quiapo Church the whole year for you to kiss, touch, venerate,” said Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church.
“We should also think about the welfare and safety of other devotees,” he added.
The Feast of the Black Nazarene usually draws millions of devotees from all over the country who walk with the image in procession barefooted as a sign of penance and thanksgiving for favors received.
The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. Tradition holds that it got its color after it was burned in a fire that hit the Spanish galleon carrying it.