Catholic church celebrates 400 years of Carmel devotion with "Salubong and Traslacion"




The Catholic faithful celebrates today, May 4, the 400 years anniversary of the arrival of image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel with a Salubong and Traslacion.

The Marian event begins with a Salubong, a fluvial parade of the image at the Manila Bay at 5 am followed by a Mass at the Quirino Granstand in Luneta at 6:30 am.

The procession or the Traslacion starts at 8 am from Quirino Granstand to San Sebastian Church and passes by at Quiapo Church where the image of the Black Nazarene is brought out for the traditional "Dungaw".

Devotees, particularly in Quiapo, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is a key figure in the annual Black Nazareno feast, where she appears during the Dungaw, awaiting the passing in procession of the image of the black Jesus.

At 11 am, the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel is available for public veneration at the grounds of San Sebastian Basilica.

Earlier, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle released a circular inviting the faithful to participate in the re-living of the arrival of the image 400 years ago from Mexico.

"With the ‘Salubong at Traslacion,’ we hope to strengthen the devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, drawing strength from her and from each other’s presence. Let us take this occasion to pray for healing and reconciliation in our land and to consecrate our country to the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Cardinal Tagle said.

He also said that those who will participate in the activities will receive plenary indulgence or the remission of temporal punishment due to sins as approved by the Vatican.

Initially housed at San Juan de Bautista de Bagumbayan at the Luneta, the image was enthroned at the first San Sebastian Church in Quiapo when it opened its doors in 1621.

Canonically crowned in 1991 by Cardinal Sin under the authority of St. Paul II, Our Lady of Mount Carmel remains the queen of San Sebastian Basilica and Quiapo. (Jheng Manalang Prado /RCAM-AOC)

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