92K enthusiasts attend the Black Nazarene Mass festival
The Fiesta Mass of the Black Nazarene was attended by some 92,000 worshipers early on Monday in Manila at the Quirino Grandstand.
The ceremony happened without a hitch, according to Fr. Earl Valdez, spokesperson for Quiapo Church.
“In general, it went extremely well; we executed it properly, and our Mass is well-organized. Our followers are disciplined. Therefore, this third leg can be deemed successful, Valdez remarked in a media interview.
The Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula celebrated the Eucharist at the Quirino Grandstand for the first time after the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak in March 2020.
Advincula exhorted the followers to demonstrate their dedication via deeds of kindness and charity in his homily.
“Let’s show empathy with and concern for one another. Advincula, the president of the Manila Archdiocese, remarked, “Let’s reach out to our brothers and sisters, especially those who are struggling right now.
Two more events, the “pagpupugay” (paying tribute) and the Walk of Faith, were held in the Grandstand in addition to the Fiesta Mass.
Devotees are permitted to touch and wipe the picture of the Black Nazarene with their towels and handkerchiefs during the “pagpupugay,” which began on Saturday and will last through Monday.
Approximately 88,000 people participated in the Walk of Faith procession from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church on Quezon Boulevard, where the picture was enshrined on January 8.
The life-size statue of Jesus Christ bearing the cross was absent from the procession, which was a significant departure from the usual Traslacion, which was last held in 2020.
Fiesta Masses have been held at Quiapo Church every hour since Monday at midnight. It will be the final Mass at midnight.
As of 2:30 p.m., the Quiapo Church Command Center said that about 246,250 followers had flocked to the building to pray and honor the Black Nazarene.
According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), its Metro Manila units have been on watch since Saturday to assist the local police in maintaining public order and safety throughout the celebration.
“The going has been quiet thus far. I think most individuals are aware of the precautions that must be taken while the pandemic continues. We also urge individuals with malicious intentions, particularly pickpockets, to refrain from carrying out their nefarious actions during the activity. At a press conference held at Camp Crame in Quezon City, PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. stated that they should fear God’s wrath.
The police will undertake the closing of several streets near and around the areas of engagement in collaboration with the Manila municipal administration, and the airspaces of those regions have also been declared a no-fly zone for unlicensed aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council announced that it had confirmed allegations that two people had been hurt while participating in the yearly religious observance.
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