Quiapo Church temporarily closes from January 3-6

As the number of COVID-19 cases resurges with the new Omicron variant, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church will be temporarily closing from January 3-6, 2022, as part of the preventive measures in accordance to government protocol after the holiday break.

Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church said in a video posted on the social media page of the church that the temporary closure of Quiapo Church will pave way for the preparation as well as the disinfection of the place for the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9.

“Ang pamunuan po ng Quiapo Church sa pamumuno po ng aming rector, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, dahil po sa nabalitang biglaang pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID sa Manila, naisipan po naming na pansamaantalang ang simbahan po ng Quiapo ay isara mula January 3 hanggang January 6,” Fr. Badong said.

“Ito ay pakikiisa ng simbahan upang maiwasan po ang paglaganap ng hawahan ng COVID, makapagbigay daan po tayo para sa paglilinis, pagdidisinfect ng simbahan at ng paligid nito bilang paghahanda na rin natin sa napakahalagang araw sa ating mga deboto,” he added.

Fr. Badong added that devotees of the Black Nazarene are discouraged to go inside the church to pray. Rather, the priest encouraged them to take advantage of those days to get vaccinated or get a booster and be healthy during the feast day.

On Sunday, January 2, the Inter-Agency Task Force has placed Metro Manila from alert level 2 to a stricter alert level 3 beginning January 3 to 15, after the rise of infection of coronavirus.

While the church is temporarily closed, Fr. Badong stressed that they will also make use of those days to clean the surroundings and at the same time to give their volunteers ample time to rest after days of hard work.

“Habang nakasarado po ang simabahan, ito naman ay sasamantalahin naming na makapaglinis, at ganun din po makapagpahinga ang lahat ng mga volunteers natin upang mas lumakas din anag kanilang resistensiya,” he said.

Fr. Badong also assured the devotees that novena masses for the Black Nazarene are live-streamed via the official Facebook page and YouTube Channel of Quiapo Church as well as in RCAM social media platforms and other Catholic pages.

The theme for this year’s Traslacion is “Bakit Kayo Natatakot? Wala ba kayong pananalig?”

The Traslacion is traditionally held every January where devotees from all over the country gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta and takes the image of the Black Nazarene into procession to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Quiapo Church Facebook Page)

 

 

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