Every January, devotees from all over the country gather at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta for the yearly celebration of Traslacion, the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church.
This year, however, because of the pandemic, the Traslacion will not take place. Instead, Quiapo Church decided to “localize” the celebration of the Nazareno fiesta. Instead of the devotees going to Quiapo Church, the image will be brought to various places in the Archdiocese of Manila as well as in the neighboring dioceses to avoid the mass gathering of the devotees in Quiapo Church as required by health protocol to prevent the spread of the virus.
“’Localize celebration’, meaning sa mga provinces na pinagdalhan namin ng image ng Nazareno ay mag-cecelebrate sila doon ng novena masses at fiesta mass. We also asked them if they could facilitate a motorcade. Since provinces naman mas maluwag compared dito sa Manila. We also asked some parishes and diocese to celebrate novena,” Fr. Danichi Hui, Parochial Vicar of Quiapo Church told the Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications.
“We have the list kung anong mga parokya ang nagcecelebrate with us. Thru this mas spread out ang celebration at mas malawak para hindi na kailangan pa magpunta ng mga deboto dito sa quiapo,” he added.
Here is the list of places and dates that the image of the Black Nazarene will visit:
Dec. 31 – Hospicio de San Jose
Jan. 1- San Lazaro Hospital Jan 2 – Manila Cathedral Jan 3 – Greenbelt Chapel
Jan. 4 – Manila City Hall
Jan. 4 – San Roque Parish (Cavite City)
Jan. 5 – Bureau of Fire Prevention – QC
Jan. 5 – San Isidro Parish (Las Pinas)
Jan. 6 – Manila Police District
Jan. 6 – Sto. Nino Parish (Signal, Taguig)
Jan. 7 – Brgy. 394.
Jan. 7 – Sto. Domingo Shrine (Quezon City)
Jan. 7 – Baclaran Church
Other places outside Metro Manila will also be visited by the pilgrim Image of the Black Nazarene:
Dec 30-31 – Antipolo Cathedral
Jan 2 – Shrine of Padre Pio
Jan 3 – San Vicente Ferrer Parish (Binan)
Jan 3 – Our Lady of Manaog (Pangasinan)
Jan 4 – San Jose Cathedral (Nueva Ecija)
Jan 5 – Mother of Perpetual Help (Cabanatuan)
Jan 6 – Cathedral of San Fernando (Pampanga)
“The pahalik” or the kissing of the image will be replaced with “pagtanaw” or the viewing of the image. Quiapo Church will also provide LED screens so that devotees can watch and participate in the mass.
The celebration of the feast of the Nazareno commenced with the nine-day novena mass from Dec. 31, 2020, to Jan. 8, 2021. Different bishops will preside the celebration of the novena masses: Dec. 31, Iba Bishop Bartolome Santos; Jan. 1, Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches, Bishop Antonio Tobias; Jan. 2, Novaliches Bishop Roberto Gaa; Jan. 3, Kaloocan Bishop Pablo David; Jan. 4, Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches, Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani; Jan. 5, Pasig Bishop Mylo Vergara; Jan. 6, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico; Jan. 7, Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista; and Jan. 8, Antipolo Auxiliary Bishop Nolly Buco.
Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila will celebrate the Holy Eucharist on the Feast Day on Jan. 9, at 4 a.m.
Fr. Danichi is reminding the devotees to observance of proper protocol during the feast of the Black Nazarene.
“Bilang isang deboto ang hiling namin ay una sumunod sa mga minimum health protocols (new normal protocols) second, kung pupunta ng quiapo, alamin muna ang mga entrances at exit points para di maabala. Nasa FB page po namin ang mga paalala. Third, magbaon ng mahabang pasensiya dahil madami ang bago at hindi nakasanayang practices ang mangyayari magmula sa pag pasok ng simbahan hanggang sa paglabas ng simbahan. Pang huli, kung may sakit o karamdaman wag na po tumuloy at may live streamed masses naman kami thru FB, YT at Twitter. Tumutok na lang po doon,” Fr. Hui said.