Quiapo Church (File photo)
QUEZON CITY, (PIA) -- In preparation for the feast of the Black Nazarene, Quiapo Church spokesperson Father Early Allyson Valdez said that a ‘Walk of Faith’ will be held on the eve of the Black Nazarene feast next year.
The procession will be held instead of the traditional ‘Traslacion’ as it remains suspended due to the pandemic.
“We will not process the image of the Black Nazarene. We instead encourage devotees to bring their own miniature replicas that they use for prayer and devotion,” Fr. Valdez said.
He, however, clarified that the church’s image of the black Jesus Christ will not be included in the religious activity on January 8, 2023.
“This Walk of Faith is done in order for us to gradually return to the practice of having a procession in honor of the Black Nazarene, but due to the pandemic, sans the image and with restrictions,” he said.
Devotees who are joining the procession from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church, according to him, are also encouraged to bring candles, rosaries and face masks.
While the route of the activity is still being finalized, Valdez said the procession will start at 12 midnight to prevent clogging of entry and exit points in Quiapo Church.
The Quiapo Church earlier announced it is letting go of the procession of Black Nazarene, usually held on January 9, for the third straight year as COVID-19 continues to be a threat.
The priest said preparations are ongoing in coordination with local authorities to ensure an orderly procession.
“All the activities of the festivity will resume except that traditional procession or the Traslacion. In a way, it is also a gradual resumption of activities, perhaps in preparation for the actual Traslacion in years to come,” he added. (CBCP/PIA-NCR)