Sunday, January 5, 2014

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014 in Quiapo - Schedule of Activities

Millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene (Tagalog: Poóng Itím na Nazareno) of Quiapo church are now preparing for this year's Feast of the Black Nazarene (2014), happening on January 9.

The Feast of the Black Nazarene ("Pista ng Itim na Nazareno") is an annual event held in Manila City, Philippines. The event is attended by several million devotees that crowd the streets of processional route through the City. Most of them are joining the "Traslacion" or the transfer of the image of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno to its shrine in Quiapo Church.

The Black Nazarene or in tagalog Poóng Itím na Nazareno is a life-sized, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross. Many Filipino Catholics believe the surviving image in Quiapo church is miraculous.   

According to the history, originally, Black Nazarene has fair complexion and believed to have turned dark after the statue survived a fire on the galleon ship bringing it from Mexico. 

Feast of the Black Nazarene 2014 schedule of activities

January 7, 2014
3:00 PM - Procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene

January 8, 2014
1:00 PM – Startof Pahalik
3:30 PM- Band Parade
5:00 PM- Mass Healing Service
7:00 PM- Start of Vigil

January 9, 2014
12:00 AM Continuation of the Vigil
4:00 AM Wrap Up the Vigil Activities/ Short Catechesis/ Closing Prayer

Invitation for the Holy Mass

6:00 AM Holy Mass/ H.E. Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle. D.D.
7:30 AM- Procession of the Image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to Quiapo Church

Tropa you must physically prepared if you're planning to join the procession of the Black Nazarene. Expect millions of people along the streets of Manila. Wear proper clothing and footwear. As much as possible don’t bring expensive jewelries and gadgets or even big cash, as these might get lost or stolen.. Bring also bottled water to prevent dehydration. As much as possible, do not bring children with you.

Also tropa, please throw your garbage in the proper place. In past celebrations, I saw in the news that truckloads of garbage were collected in the areas covered by the celebration. Be responsible and have discipline.

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