Witness as millions of devotees join this year’s Feast of the Black Nazarene which will be held on January 9, 2018.
Feast of the Black Nazarene Details
Events & Activities Duration: December 31, 2017 – January 9, 2018
Main Celebration: January 9, 2018 (3:00 a.m. – 12 mn)
List of Schedule
December 31, 2 am – Thanksgiving Procession
December 31 to January 8, 6 pm – Novena Mass
January 7, 1:30 pm – Replica procession
January 9, 12 mn – Eucharistic Celebration at Quirino Grandstand. Fr Hernando Coronel is the presider of the mass while Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will give the homily.
January 9, 5 am – After the morning prayer at 5 am, Traslacion starts from Luneta to Quiapo Church.
One of the most popular annual feast being celebrated in the Philippines is the Feast of the Black Nazarene or Translacion. Currently celebrated after new year, this festival is where millions of Filipino devotees walk barefoot during the procession of the Black Nazarene. It commemorates the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Intramuros to Quiapo Church.
Devotees believe that their participation at the procession would bring them hope and miracle. According to Manila Police District, the 2017 Traslacion was the longest in history, the procession lasted for 22 hours and 19 minutes. With 3.5 million devotees who joined, the 2017 edition also hit a record-breaking number according to MPD.
The Replica Procession
Events & Activities Duration: January 7, 2018
The second procession which is popularly known as the Replica Procession will be held in the early morning of January 7. This is where hundreds of replica images brought by devotees, single or group will be paraded. The procession will start around one in the afternoon with the priest commencing the activity with a ritual blessing. The images and the devotees joining the procession will be blessed with holy water as the procession passes through the footbridge near the Church where priest, lay ministers and religious brothers are waiting.
After the long line of replicas of the Nazareno, an image of the Black Nazarene is brought out of the church for procession. After the procession, the devotees take their replica home with them. Only by this time the plaza and the Quezon Boulevard will be free for cleaning by the organized groups of volunteers of the green brigade committee.
Alternate Routes on January 9
Expect a heavy traffic in Manila since 2 million devotees are expect as reported by GMA News. The route of the Traslacion 2018 procession, approved by the police, is as follows:
Quirino Grandstand (Rizal Park)
left to Katigbak Drive thru Padre Burgos Street
left to Taft Avenue thru Jones Bridge
right to Dasmariñas Street
right to Plaza Sta. Cruz Street
left to Carlos Palanca Street thru under Quezon Bridge
left to Quezon Boulevard
right to Arlegui Street
right to Fraternal Street
right to Vergara Street
left to Duque de Alba Street
left to Castillejos Street
left to Farnecio Street
right to Arlegui Street
left to Nepomuceno Street
left to Concepcion Aguila Street
right to Carcer Street
right to Hidalgo thru Plaza del Carmen
lefdt to Bilibid Viejo thru Gil Puyat
left to J.P. De Guzman Street
right to Hidalgo Street
left to Barbosa Street (Bautista Street)
right to Globo de Oro Street thru under Quezon Bridge
right to Palanca Street
right to Villalobos thru Plaza Miranda and to Quiapo Church
*There are 12 prayer stations scattered along the route of the Traslacion.
Brief History of the Feast of the Black Nazarene
The Black Nazarene is said to be carved in Mexico, and was brought in the Philippines, year 1606. It is a life-sized wooden wooden carving of Jesus, crowned with thorns, and bearing a cross. According to history, the statue was partially burned and blackened, when the galleon carrying it caught on fire on a voyage from Mexico.
In 2015, the annual procession of the Black Nazarene was moved a day earlier from what used to be January 1. The Rector/Parish Priest of the Minor Basilica, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, said that it is fitting that thanksgiving be done at the end of the year. The move also benefitted the devotees of Nazareno to focus on the observation of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, which is celebrated by the universal church on New Year’s Day.