The Minor Basilica and National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, also known as Quiapo Church, invites the faithful, especially devotees of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, to participate in the preparations for the upcoming feast on January 9.
According to Quiapo Church Parochial Vicar Fr. Hans Magdurulang, preparations for Nazareno 2024 are in full swing, and devotees must be actively involved to ensure a smooth and holy celebration.
“The Quiapo Church wholeheartedly invites all our devotees of the Lord Jesus Nazarene to closely follow and participate in the preparations to understand what needs to be done for Nazareno 2024 and, together, celebrate it in an orderly, safe, and sacred manner,” Fr. Magdurulang told Radio Veritas.
The priest mentioned that they are in continuous communication with the local government of Manila City and various government agencies to lay out plans for the January celebration. He also revealed that they are considering the return of traditional practices during the Nazareno feast.
Quiapo Church recently unveiled the logo for Nazareno 2024, featuring the theme “Ibig naming makita si Hesus” (We want to see Jesus), inspired by the Gospel of St. John, Chapter 12, Verse 21.
Father Magdurulang emphasized that the theme underscores the importance of redirecting people’s focus towards the Lord Jesus with the help of their fervent devotion to the Black Nazarene, especially in the face of numerous challenges affecting individuals physically, mentally, and spiritually.
“Given all the events surrounding us, coming from this pandemic experience, challenges in the country and worldwide, this is a wonderful opportunity to refocus our attention on the true source of hope and unity in our lives, as Filipinos and as a world – the Lord Jesus,” he said.
The traditional Traslacion which involves the transfer of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church, was postponed for three years due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, in January 2023, Quiapo Church held the Walk of Faith, and was attended by nearly 100,000 devotees.
The feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the prominent devotions and festivals in the Philippines, drawing millions of devotees from all corners of the country. (Luis Angelo Sta. Maria/Volunteer Writer-San Felipe Neri Parish)