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Quiapo feast ‘inspired’ by mercy, compassion

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From the Website of CBCP

Quiapo feast ‘inspired’ by mercy, compassion

MANILA, Jan. 8, 2015—In keeping with the message of the forthcoming apostolic visit of the Holy Father to the Philippines on Jan. 15-19, the Quiapo Fiesta Committee has decided to underscore the importance of “Mercy and Compassion” in the annual religious procession.

This year’s “Traslación,” or ceremonial transfer of the revered Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Black Nazarene) is themed “Espiritu ng Mahal na Poong Nazareno: Awa at Malasakit ng Abang Simbahan”, inspired by the papal visit. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)
Themed “Espiritu ng Mahal na Poong Nazareno: Awa at Malasakit ng Abang Simbahan,” this year’s “Traslación,” or ceremonial transfer of the revered Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno (Black Nazarene), a centuries-old statue depicting the Passion of the Christ, from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, to its sanctuary inside the St. John the Baptist Parish (Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene) in Quiapo, is expected to draw millions of devotees, as well as tourists from all over the country and abroad, especially as it will take place a week before the papal visit.

Jones, not MacArthur

Meanwhile, in a recent press briefing hosted by the committee, Quiapo Church rector Msgr. José Clemente Ignacio announced that the procession will be rerouted like last year to the nearby Jones Bridge, given MacArthur Bridge’s “poor structural integrity”.
The Santa Cruz Bridge, which spans the Pasig River, linking the North and South Manila districts, is part of the traditional route of the Traslación, the ceremonial transfer of the revered image of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo.

Papal visit preps

Clemente added, portions of Quirino Grandstand usually reserved for “Pahalik,” the public veneration of the image, have to be fenced off to give way to repair works needed in preparation for the Mass to be presided over in the same area by Pope Francis on Jan. 18.

“There are minor adjustments in our program. The committee has decided to hold the overnight vigil from sundown to sunrise … The usual morning mass is scheduled at midnight,” he shared.

According to him, the procession will begin at daybreak, around 6 a.m., right after the liturgical rites to be led by Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle.

‘No classes’

In anticipation of the millions of people joining the procession, Manila Mayor Joseph. Ejercito Estrada signed Executive Order No. 41 suspending classes in all levels in the city on Jan. 9.

“Every year, thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to Manila to be part of the procession of the Black Nazarene. Millions of people are expected to join the celebration. The suspension of classes in all levels in all universities, colleges and schools in Manila has been recommended for public order and safety,” parts of the document read.

‘Thou shalt keep the feast holy’

In an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas Tuesday, Nov. 6, Manila Auxilliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo reminded the faithful who may want to take part in theTraslación to keep the forthcoming feast “a day of holiness”.

“I call on all Nazareno devotees to take to heart and live out the true meaning of what it means to be devoted … that is, prayer, sacrifice, penance, self-giving,” shared prelate, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA).

“With his visit just nearing, let’s also take the Quiapo fiesta as an opportunity to show to the Holy Father that Filipinos have discipline in terms of their devotion, and know that it brings them closer to God and their neighbors,” Pabillo added.

Millions of devotees

The “Traslación,” or the ceremonial transfer of the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene, a statue depicting the Lord in Passion, from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, to its sanctuary inside the St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene), is held annually on Jan. 9, and is attended by millions of devotees from all over the Philippines. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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