Quiapo Church Suspends Traslacion Activities for 2022

In a statement released by the Archdiocese of Manila, His Eminence Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Archbishop of Manila, announced that the Archdiocese is one with the government in prioritizing safety and health of the devotees of the Black Nazarene, the popular image of Devotion under the care of the Archdiocese through Quiapo Church.

“Bilang inyong mga pastol, labis din kaming nababahala sa mabilis na pagdami ng kaso ng Covid-19 sa ating bansa lalo na sa NCR,” Cardinal said in his statement.

“Kaisa ng ating pamahalaan, kami din ay nag-aalala na ang darating na kapistahan ng Mahal na Poong Hesus Nazareno ng Quiapo ay maging daan pa ng lalong paglala ng sitwasyon, kaya bago pa man ang pahayag ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong gabi ng ika-apat ng Enero, nakipagpulong na ang pamunuan ng Quiapo sa NTF at iba pang ahensiya ng pamahalaan ng Maynila,” he added.

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid 19 has approved the recommendation to suspend the 2022 Traslacion procession and all other activities related to the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene due to the prevailing coronavirus pandemic.

To heed the call of President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, to the Roman Catholic Church and Nazareno devotees to cancel all physical gatherings, Cardinal Advincula stressed in his message that Quiapo Church will be closed from January 7 to 9, 2022.

The Cardinal assured the faithful that all Masses during the feast day will be live-streamed on the Facebook page and YouTube channel of Quiapo Church as well as in RCAM platforms, parishes and Catholic groups.

With the suspension of Traslacion and all activities related to it, the Archbishop of Manila also apologized to the devotees that the traditional activities during the feast day will not be done.

“Nauunawaan namin ang hangarin ng marami na makapunta sa Quiapo sa araw ng kapistahan ng Mahal na Senor. Humihingi kami ng paumanhin at pang-unawa na dahil sa pandemya hindi maisasagawa ang mga tradisyunal na gawain kapag kapistahan ng Poong Hesus Nazareno,” the Cardinal said.

He then encouraged the devotees to join the online celebration of the Holy Mass on the feast day which will be held every hour.

“Mabigat man sa ating kalooban ang hindi makadalaw sa Quipao sa araw ng kapistahan ng Mahal na Senor, hayaan nating, sa pamamagitan ng makabagong teknolohiya, ang Senor Nazareno naman ang siyang dumalaw sa ating mga tahanan at pamilya,” he said.

In a press meeting held online on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church, said that even though devotees will temporarily not be able to gather in Quiapo Church, other church around the Philippines will be celebrating the feast so as to unify all the devotees.

“Hindi man kami makapag celebrate o hindi man kami makapagpapasok sa loob ng simbahan dito sa Quiapo, pero inaasahan ko po na mas marami pong simbahan ang magbubukas para sa mga deboto po, para meron silang mapuntahan at maattendan na misa,” Fr. Badong stressed.

Quiapo Church will re-open on January 10, 2022, and resume open-for-public celebrations of masses, following the protocol and guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), and allowing 30 percent of the seating capacity of the church.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) as of January 5, 2022, there are 2,871,745 cases of COVID-10 nationwide with 39,974 active cases. There are 2,780,109 who recovered while 51,662 died of the virus. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Quiapo Church Facebook Page)

 

Read the Statement: Pahayag Tungkol Sa Quiapo Fiesta 2022

 

 

 

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