THE annual observance of “Traslacion” for the Feast of the Black Nazarene remains suspended for three consecutive years due to the pandemic, but more than a million devotees are still expected to join the other activities for the celebration.
The devotees are expected to gather at the Quirino Grandstand and the Quiapo Church during the three-day celebration from January 7 to 9, according to Nazareno 2023 adviser Alex Irasga.
For this year, Quiapo Church officials replaced the traditional “Traslacion” with “pagdalaw” where the church brought the Nazarene to different barangays, sectors, and communities from December 1 to 5 and December 27 to 29, 2022.
Devotees can also pay their respects by attending the “Walk of Faith” or the procession without the image of the Black Nazarene on Sunday.
Church officials also replaced the customary “pahalik” (kissing the image of Black Nazarene) with “pagpupugay” where devotees are only allowed to touch and wipe the image of Black Nazarene.
Below is the complete list of events and schedule of activities for the Feast of the Black Nazarene:
January 7, Saturday
12:00 a.m. – Eucharistic Celebration (to be presided over by Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang)
The Eucharistic Celebration is intended for devotees and as an opening mass before the start of “pagpupugay.”
6:00 a.m. – Eucharistic Celebration (to be presided over by Rev. Fr. Earl Allyson Valdez)
This is dedicated to the members of the media, volunteers, local government units and non-government organizations officials, uniformed personnel, and partner agencies, Irasga said.
January 8, Sunday (Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord)
12:00 a.m. – Eucharistic Celebration (to be presided over by Rev. Fr. Rufino Secson Jr.)
The “Walk of Faith 2023” from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church will immediately follow after the mass.
2:00 a.m. – Lakad Pananampalataya (Walk of Faith)
2:00 p.m. – Band Parade
5:00 p.m. – Start of the evening program and vigil for the Feast of the Black Nazarene
5:15 p.m. – “Panalangin ng mga Kristiyano sa Takipsilim
6:00 p.m. – Presentation from the Parish Youth Ministry
January 9, 2023, Monday (Fiesta Mass)
12:00 a.m. – Concelebrated Mass (to be presided over by the Archbishop of Manila Jose F. Cardinal Advincula Jr., D.D.)
Irasga also noted that a total of 24 masses would be held during the feast day from 12 a.m. of January 9 until 11 p.m.
To avoid the influx of devotees going in and out of the church, prayer stations with Black Nazarene replicas will also be installed around Quiapo, according to Quiapo Church officials.
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