Quiapo Church officially declared as National Shrine  

The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, popularly known as Quiapo Church, was officially declared a National Shrine during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist led by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula last January 29, 2024.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Diyos sapagkat ang simbahang ito ay itinaas ng mga obispo ng Pilipinas sa karangalan ng isang pambansang dambana,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, the Cardinal emphasized how Christ’s love manifested to the faithful, and how their devotion to the Black Nazarene transcended beyond the church reaching devotees, not only in Manila, but throughout the country, and even across the globe.

“Ito ay pagkilala ng ating mga mahal na obispo na ang pagdedebosyon sa ating Mahal na Poong Hesus Nazareno ay lagpas pa sa Quiapo, at lagpas pa sa Maynila, kundi umaabot na sa buong bansa,” he said.

“At kahit ngayon, ay umaabot na sa buong mundo. Kung saan may Pilipino, may debosyon sa Poong Hesus Nazareno. Ito ay biyaya sa atin ng Mahal na Senyor,” he added.

The Cardinal also stressed in his homily how the faithful’s devotion to Christ the Nazarene comforted them during times of despair and hopelessness.

“Wala tayong ibang masasaligan, masasandigan, o masasandalan, kundi si Hesus. Si Hesus lang ang sandigan na hindi matitinag, hindi matatalo, hindi matutumba ng anumang pagtatakwil o pagtutunggali,” he said.

In the spirit of being a listening Church, Cardinal Advincula pointed out that being united with Jesus Nazareno means being in communion with the Church.

“Ang pagkakaisa ang pinakamahalagang palatandaan ng pagiging Simbahan. Gusto ni Hesus na ang Simbahan ay pagharian ng pagmamahalan, pag-uunawaan, at pagpapatawaran, sa halip na pagsasarili, pagkakanya-kanya, at paghihidwaan,” the Cardinal said.

Among those who attended the solemn declaration were Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown, with CBCP President, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, Rector and Parish Priest of Quiapo Church, Rev. Fr. Rufino Sescon Jr., along with the bishops and priests from the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses.

Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna was also present during the event.

In July 2023, during its 126th Plenary Assembly in Aklan, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) approved the petition to elevate the church to a National Shrine.

Quiapo Church, whose canonical name is Saint John the Baptist Parish, will be officially recognized as the ‘National Shrine of the Black Nazarene’ with its other title, Minor Basilica, and Archdiocesan Shrine of the Black Nazarene. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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