The Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most attended religious gathering in the catholic church. It is an annual event held every January 9. The image which is considered miraculous by Filipino Catholics is brought in procession to commemorate the Traslascion or the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene to its shrine in Quiapo Church, Manila.
An estimated of 9-10 million devotees attend the procession every year as an act of penance and great devotion to the Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno. Certainly, the "Pista ng Itim na Nazareno" is one of the most-attended fiesta in Metro Manila.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
January 7, 2015 (Quiapo Church)
- 3:00 PM - Procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene
January 8, 2015 (Quirino Grandstand)
- 1:00 PM - Start of Pahalik
- 5:00 PM - Vespers
- 5:30 - 11:30 PM - Vigil Program
- 12:00 MN - Holy Eurcharistic Mass
Overnight Vigil - from sundown to sunrise
January 9, 2015
- 1:00 AM - 6:00 AM - Continuation of the Vigil Program at the Quirino Grandstand
- 6:00 AM - Liturgy for Procession at the Quirino Grandstand followed by the procession (Traslacion) of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo Church
Mark you calendar and save the dates!
The miraculous image is borne in a carriage pulled by the devotees in a procession which starts at the Quirino Grandstand and ends at Quiapo Church which usually lasts for about 15 hours.
UPDATE: Expected Pocession Route Map
SAFETY TIPS AND REMINDERS
I attended the procession in 2013 where I experienced a multitude of devotees joining the procession. Here are some of the safety tips and reminders that will help you plan if you wish to attend the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2015.
- Choose where you want to witness the procession by knowing the procession route.
- Be early at the procession route get a good spot.
- Bring an Identification Card.
- Wear proper clothing and footwear. Do not wear expensive jewelries or bring electronic devices. Just bring what you need.
- Bring something to eat (crackers, sandwich) and bottled water. Although there are food stalls along the procession route, you just have to make sure that your food is clean. Drink a lot of fluid to prevent dehydration.
- Do not bring your wallet, just bring enough cash and secure it in your pocket.
- If you're coming in groups, assign a designated meeting place and time in case someone gets lost.
- Maintain appropriate distance to avoid unnecessary injuries. Plan a safe exit path from the huge crowd.
- Be physically prepared. Always be alert and patient.
You may read my coverage on 2013's procession, click HERE.
"Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!"
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