Ecology Ministry of Manila calls Nazareno devotees to see Jesus in the beauty of nature

As the feast of the Black Nazarene approaches, the Archdiocesan Ministry of Ecology appeals to the Nazareno devotees who are going to participate in the Feast of the Black Nazarene to promote spiritual and environmental values.

“Ito ang panawagan sa lahat na mga deboto, maging tapat sa pagmamahal kay Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno sa pagmamahal sa kalikasan upang makita ng lahat ang si Hesus sa kagandahan ng kalikasan,” said Ms. Lou Arsenio, coordinator of Ecology Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila.

Devotees who will join the festivities are encouraged to bring their trash bags, to keep the venues of the celebration clean, to avoid littering, and to value and preserve the plants within the vicinity of the celebration to avoid damaging the plants.

In his 2015 encyclical called Laudato Si, Pope Francis said “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”

The Feast of the Black Nazarene is a religious event celebrated in the Philippines particularly in Manila every ninth of January. Part of the celebration is the Traslacion where people from the different parts of the country participated in a grand procession to honor the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church. The Black Nazarene is a life-sized image of Jesus Christ carrying the cross.

The theme for this year’s Nazareno 2024 celebration is “Ibig po naming Makita si Hesus (John 12:21).” (Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC)




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