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Image of the Black Nazarene returns to Quiapo church after 21 hours

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By MB Online

This year’s Traslacion ended after 21 hours, earlier compared to previous years.

Thousands of devotees of the Black Nazarene start to pull the carriage of the sacred image from Quirino Grandstand back to its home at Quiapo Church for the yearly Traslacion past 5 a.m. Wednesday. ( Jun Ryan Arañas/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Thousands of devotees of the Black Nazarene start to pull the carriage of the sacred image from Quirino Grandstand back to its home at Quiapo Church for the yearly Traslacion past 5 a.m. Wednesday. (Jun Ryan Arañas/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The image of the Black Nazarene entered Quiapo church at around 2:21 a.m. on Thursday.

Last year, the procession lasted 22 hours and 19 minutes.

The Philippine National Police said an estimate of 4 million devotees joined the Traslacion activities.

Meanwhile, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said the feast of the Black Nazarene ended generally peaceful.

NCRPO Chief Police Director Guillermo Eleazar said there were no major untoward incidents during the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene.

The Traslacion recalls the transfer of the Black Nazarene image from the Recollect Church in Intramuros, Manila to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in 1787.

The image of the Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ which was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. The image reportedly got its dark color in a fire that hit the Spanish galleon that was carrying it.

 

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