Black Nazarene Festivities 2016
MANILA, Jan. 6 (PNA) — The procession of the replicas of the Black Jesus Christ will be held on Jan. 7, or two days before the grand procession or the traslacion to mark the feast of the Black Nazarene.

Organizers of the annual Catholic Church event are expecting a considerable number of participants from various parts of the country during Thursday’s happening.

Nazarene devotees, particularly representatives of barangays known as “balangays”, are also expected to join.

The replicas will be blessed by Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of Quiapo Church and Parochial Vicars.

The procession will begin at 2 p.m. and will start at Plaza Miranda thru Villalobos St., left to Quezon Boulevard, right to Recto Avenue, right to Loyola St., right to Bilibid Viejo thru Puyat St., left to Guzman St. (Mendoza St.), right to Hidalgo St., left to Barbosa St., right to Globo de Oro St., right to Palanca St., and right to Villalobos St. thru Plaza Miranda.

On the other hand, the celebration at the Quirino Grandstand will begin on Jan. 8 at 8 a.m. where the Black Nazarene from Quiapo Church becomes accessible for a larger crowd of devotees to kiss and touch, also known as the “pahalik”.

On Saturday, Jan. 9, the day of the feast, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead the mass to be followed by the long procession from Luneta to Quiapo. 


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Filipino devotees carry the image of Jesus the Nazarene around the West Village in downtown Manhattan last Sunday, a week ahead of the feast day on Jan. 9, 2016, this weekend. (Photo: Kris Bayos/CBCPNews)

MANHATTAN, New York, Jan. 7, 2016— Celebrating the feast of Jesus, the Black Nazarene, right after Christmas may have disrupted the festive mood of the Advent season but it is also a timely reminder that “Jesus was born to die,” says a priest.

In a solemn High Mass celebrated last Sunday to mark the feast day of the Black Nazarene, Fr. Adolfo Novio reminded Filipino devotees that Christ’s death is as important as his birth for Christian’s salvation history.

“The star of Bethlehem, which pointed us to God’s manifestation in the manger also points us to the very core of Christ’s mission on Earth and the basis of our salvation history, his carrying of the heavy cross,” said the priest in his homily.

Filipino immigrants and overseas workers gathered at the Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village to celebrate ahead of the Jan. 9 feast day.

Devotees carried in procession a small image of the Black Nazarene around the West Village in downtown Manhattan.

The novena to the Black Nazarene is regularly prayed before the 3 p.m. Tagalog Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church every Sunday. There is also a regular novena every Friday at the Filipino-run San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel, also in downtown Manhattan. (Kris Bayos / CBCPNews)
What a great turnout! :)
(01-07-2016, 10:06 AM)Share Love Wrote: What a great turnout! :)
Expect millions this Saturday (or Friday over there at your place)...

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Very impressive. I would love to see a procession like that here where I live.
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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is expecting as many as 15 million people to attend the Black Nazarene procession on Sat, Jan 9.

"The PRC willdeploy 400 personnel along with 20 ambulances and other rescue vehicles to ensure the devotees’ safety. Moreover, there will also be 18 first-aid stations along the route: At Quirino Grandstand, Museo Pambata, Katigbak, Aquino Monument, National Museum, Santa Cruz Church, and Isetann Recto," reports Maricar B. Brizuela and Tina Santos in Philippine Daily Inquirer.

An emergency field hospital will be set up at Bonifacio Shrine near Manila City Hall.

For its part, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said that from the grandstand, the procession will pass through the following areas: Padre Burgos Street, Jones Bridge, Dasmariñas, Plaza Sta. Cruz, Quezon Bridge, Quezon Boulevard, Arlegui, Fraternal, Vergara, Duque de Alba, Castillejos, Farnecio, Nepomuceno, Aguila, Carcer, Hidalgo, Bilibid Viejo, Guzman, Barbosa, Globo de Oro, and Villalobos.
As of the moment, the procession is at Plaza Carmen. The image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel has been prepared for the "dungaw", a ceremony that involves the meeting of the two venerated images of the Quiapo district, the aforementioned Marian image and the Black Nazarene.

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