Church officials are coordinating with city officials of Manila for a peaceful and orderly procession of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to Quiapo Church on Jan. 9.
Quiapo church officials, led by parish priest and Rector Msgr. Clemente Ignacio, have been in meetings with Manila City officials, National Parks Authorities and other line agencies of the government since last August to ensure a safe and orderly transfer of the icon.
Considered the biggest fiesta celebration and longest procession in the Philippines, the annual religious event usually draws around 6 to 7 million devotees nationwide.
Themed “Espiritu ng Ama at ng poong Nazareno, Sambayanang Pilipino Ibangon mo”, the annual celebration will include the usual overnight vigil, with healing mass and catechesis at the Luneta’s Quirino grandstand on Jan. 8.
On Jan. 9, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle will lead the Eucharistic celebration at 6 a.m., followed by the procession of the image at 8 a.m.
The annual “Traslacion” commemorates the transfer in 1767 of the revered image of the “Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno” from Intramuros to Quiapo.