Tuesday, 08 January 2019 05:26

Blessing of replicas of the Black Nazarene held on Jan. 7

Thousands of devotees from the different parts of the country, some were barefooted wearing a maroon shirt with the image of Nazareno flocked around Quiapo church for the annual blessing of the replica of the Black Nazarene on Monday, January 7, 2019, two days before the Traslacion on January 9.

Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

The different replicas of the Nazareno were blessed by Reverend Father Danichi Hui, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church and other priests at 1:30 p.m.

On January 8, the image of the Black Nazarene will be brought to Quirino Grandstand and will stay overnight for the traditional “Pahalik.” A huge number of devotees are expected to gather to kiss and touch the Nazareno image.

On January 9, 12 midnight, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of Quiapo Church will preside the Holy Eucharist with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle as homilist. 

The image of the Black Nazarene will leave Luneta Grandstand at 5 in the morning for the Traslacion.

The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. It has been known to be miraculous by its Filipino devotees and is being attended by millions of devotees, making it one of the country’s biggest annual religious procession. 

Traslacion is the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to Quiapo Church that usually lasted for more than 20 hours.

Traslacion 2019 will be broadcasted on TV Maria at Sky Cable channel 210, Sky Direct channel 49, Sat Lite channel 102, and Destiny Cable channel 96. It can also be viewed at their website (www.tvmaria.ph) and Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/tvmariaphils/).

Radio Veritas will also air special programming about Traslacion at Veritas 846. Special coverage will also be aired on their Facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/Veritasph/). (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)



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