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Feast of the Black Nazarene a ‘Go’ Amid Pandemic; Manner of Celebration Altered

Photo courtesy of AFP/Ted Aljibe

The Feast of the Black Nazarene is a highly anticipated event in Manila, celebrated every year on January 09. Devotees gather to join in the procession of the Black Nazarene from Rizal Park to Quiapo, a 6.5-kilometer route. However, due to the pandemic, the manner of celebration will be altered.

One of the event’s highlights, the Traslacion, will not be pushed through as Quiapo Church will be ‘localizing’ the celebration. Instead of the traditional Traslacion, the image of the Black Nazarene will be brought to several places in the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses. Read more: How the Feast of the Black Nazarene will be celebrated this 2021, an article by GMA News.

Devotees will be prohibited to join motorcades. Only vehicles authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) will be allowed to join. The ‘pahalik’ or kissing on the image will also be prohibited but replaced by a ‘patanaw’ or viewing. LED screens will be installed for devotees to watch and church masses will be livestreamed via Facebook and Youtube by the Quiapo Church and the Archdiocese of Manila’s Office of Communications.

Moreover, the Archdiocese of Manila has also published the schedule of the replica’s visit.

  • Dec. 30-31 – Antipolo Cathedral
  • Dec. 31 – Hospicio de San Jose
  • Jan. 1- San Lazaro Hospital
  • Jan 2 – Manila Cathedral
  • Jan 2 – Shrine of Padre Pio
  • Jan 3 – Greenbelt Chapel
  • Jan 3 – San Vicente Ferrer Parish (Biñan)
  • Jan 3 – Our Lady of Manaoag (Pangasinan)
  • Jan. 4 – Manila City Hall
  • Jan. 4 – San Roque Parish (Cavite City)
  • Jan 4 – San Jose Cathedral (Nueva Ecija)
  • Jan. 5 – Bureau of Fire Prevention – QC
  • Jan. 5 – San Isidro Parish (Las Piñas)
  • Jan 5 – Mother of Perpetual Help (Cabanatuan)
  • Jan. 6 – Manila Police District
  • Jan. 6 – Sto. Nino Parish (Signal, Taguig)
  • Jan 6 – Cathedral of San Fernando (Pampanga)
  • Jan. 7 – Brgy. 394 (Quiapo, Manila)
  • Jan. 7 – Sto. Domingo Shrine (Quezon City)
  • Jan. 7 – Baclaran Church

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