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No major procession for “Traslacion” 2023 yet
For the third year in a row, the Quiapo Church will forgo the customary procession of the Black Nazarene figure from Quirino Grandstand to the basilica in observance of the annual feast on January 9, 2023.
Fr. Earl Allyson Valdez, an attached priest at Quiapo Church, stated in a radio broadcast on Thursday that this is in accordance with the government’s health and safety regulations, despite the fact that the nation’s coronavirus situation is getting better.
In a radio interview, he stated, “All our customary festivities associated with the feast of the Black Nazarene will continue, even though there won’t be a regular parade.
The Catholic priest stated that since worshippers can approach and touch the Black Nazarene’s picture at the Quirino Grandstand, they will no longer refer to the customary kissing of the image as “pahalik” but rather as “pagbibigay pugay” (paying respect).
The Quiapo Church representative continued, “Our evening activities will also go on, and what we call the misa mayor or misa ng fiesta (Mass of the feast) at 12:00 am on January 9th will be presided over by our beloved Archbishop of Manila Jose Cardinal Advincula.
On the day of the feast, Valdez added, there would be hourly Masses at the church.
He emphasized that individuals attending Masses inside the Church must adhere to the minimum health requirements by donning face masks and adopting a socially reclusive behavior.
“The routine will carry on throughout the pandemic. There will be Novenario Masses in various churches throughout Metro Manila and Luzon if you are unable to attend services. We also hope that the Nazarene himself will visit their respective homes and churches if there is no translation, according to Valdez.
The Quiapo priest also said that in order to plan for the large throng that is anticipated for the events, notably the feast day Mass at the Quirino Grandstand, they are working with authorities and the City Government of Manila.
For crowd management, “we collaborated with the local administration and the police,” the man claimed.
The last time the customary procession for the feast of the Black Nazarene took place was in 2020 when 3.3 million people watched it for 16 hours and 35 minutes.
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