In an interview with Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector and Parish Priest of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church at the press conference for Traslacion 2021, he told the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications to look at the year ahead with hope and positivity especially that the country is still under the scourge of COVID-19.
“We pray for an end of the pandemic. We pray for a better 2021,” Msgr. Coronel said.
“And we thank the good Lord because there is a vaccine and especially that this vaccine be given to the poor so we can go back to our normal lives and recover our jobs, our livelihood, our economy and go back to reinforce the bond in the family and our relatives so we have missed our relations,” he said.
Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church | Photo by Rian Francis Salamat/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery
Msgr. Coronel added that they have asked parish priests in the Archdiocese of Manila to celebrate fiesta masses in their respective parishes as part of the activities of Traslacion 2021. Fr. Genaro Diwa and Fr. Carmelo Arada of the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission have prepared the liturgy for the novena masses, according to the rector. Other parishes in the provinces and dioceses have also been invited to celebrate fiesta masses.
“A good number of parishes responded. So they are celebrating novena and fiesta masses. Ganun din sa kalapit nating dioceses and others. Natutuwa ako, yung iba generous sa responses sa mga malalapit na mga probinsiya. Yung iba nga yung mga to be led by the bishop. Lahat sila kasi deboto ng Nazareno. Makikita natin na matindi ang debosyon,” Msgr. Coronel said.
Instead of the devotees going to Luneta and Quiapo Church to fulfill their devotion to the Black Nazareno, because of the pandemic, Quiapo Church has decided to bring the Nazareno closer to the devotees: from December 31, 2020, to January 8, 2021, the replica image of the Black Nazarene visits different places in the Archdiocese of Manila as well as some dioceses in Northern and Southern Luzon.
Only 400 devotees are allowed to enter inside the Quiapo Church on the feast day. Those who would not be accommodated inside the church can attend and participate in the celebration of the Mass via the LED screens set up at different locations around the church: Quezon Boulevard, Carriedo, Carlos Palanca, Plaza Miranda, and Plaza San Juan.
The rector of Quiapo is also encouraging the devotee to hear the Mass online through the Facebook Page of Quiapo Church and in RCAM Social Communications platforms, particularly through TV Maria, Radio Veritas and Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications page.
On the feast day of the Black Nazarene on January 9, Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila will preside the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 4 in the morning.