Filipinos online offer prayers for world peace on Feast Day of Black Nazarene

Jene-Anne Pangue
Filipinos online offer prayers for world peace on Feast Day of Black Nazarene
Netizens pray for the easing of tensions between the United States and Iran, and also for Australia which is experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons

MANILA, Philippines – As thousands of Filipino Catholics walked through the streets of Manila for this year’s Traslacion, netizens offered prayers for the rest of the world on Thursday, January 9, the Feast Day of the Black Nazarene. 

The image of the Black Nazarene, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. It is also believed to have been partially burnt and blackened when the galleon carrying it caught fire on a transpacific voyage from Mexico.

World peace

In light of tensions between the United States and Iran after President Donald Trump ordered the killing of top Iranian general Qassim Suleimani, netizens prayed for world peace. 







On Wednesday morning, January 8, Iran rained “more than a dozen” ballistic missiles on Iraqi bases housing US military troops, and warned of more drastic action should the US respond with yet another attack. (READ: Iran fires missiles at U.S. troop bases in Iraq

In his midnight sermon to thousands of Black Nazarene devotees at the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta on Thursday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to pray for peace in the Middle East, and for the safety of thousands of Filipinos in danger of getting caught in the middle of the brewing conflict in the region. 

Praying for Australia

Some netizens also offered prayers for Australia as catastrophic bushfires ripped through swaths of Australia since September 2019, burning land roughly double the size of Belgium and causing thousands to flee from their homes.






The raging bushfires also caused the evacuation of at least 300 Filipinos residing in East Gippsland, Victoria. Ecologists expressed fear that months of deadly bushfires might have pushed several species to extinction, with millions of animals burned in the fires.

Hoping to extend help, several Filipino-Australian communities have led relief drives to those affected by the deadly bushfires. (READ: #ReliefPH: Help communities affected by Australia’s raging bushfires

Filipinos also expressed their personal petitions of good health, blessings, protection and guidance this year to the Black Nazarene. Some also  prayed for the safety of the devotees and policemen at the Traslacion. 





Others showed their gratitude to the Black Nazarene for answered prayers in the past years. 







This feast is considered as the biggest showcase of faith among Catholics in Asia’s most predominantly Catholic country. 

How about you? What are your prayers to the Black Nazarene this year? Share your answers on the comments here or tweet and tag @MovePH and use the hashtag #Traslacion2020. – 

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Jene-Anne Pangue

Jene-Anne Pangue is a community and civic engagement specialist of MovePH, Rappler’s civic engagement arm. Her involvement with Rappler started when she became a mover in 2014 and an intern in 2015. Since then, she learned the importance of building communities of action for social good as she continues to work with movers and doers across the country.