HIGHLIGHTS: The Traslacion of the Black Nazarene

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Watch as the annual Traslacion of the image of the Black Nazarene begins at Quirino Grandstand and ends at Quiapo Church

DEBOTO. Devotees line up for the traditional Pahalik on the image of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on January 7, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – This year’s procession of the Feast of the Black Nazarene started past 4 am and ended just before 9 pm at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Thursday, January 9. It was described as the fastest Traslacion in recent history.

The annual Traslacion of the image made its way from the Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church. However, for the first time, the Traslacion crossed the Pasig River via Ayala Bridge, then turned left onto Carlos Palanca Street. 

Another innovation was a thick police barricade escorting the andas of the Nazarene in the first hours of the Traslacion. 

A midnight Mass opened this year’s observance of the Feast of the Black Nazarene. 

Monsignor Hernando Coronel, rector and parish priest of Quiapo Church, was the presider, while Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was the homilist and gave the final blessing. (WATCH: Midnight Mass with Cardinal Tagle for Nazareno 2020)

In his homily, Tagle called on the faithful to pray for peace in the Middle East, and for the thousands of Filipinos in danger of getting caught in the middle of the brewing conflict in the region.

At the end of the mass, Coronel, led devotees of the Black Nazarene in saying goodbye to Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who was leaving his post as Manila archbishop. (READ: Nazareno devotees say goodbye to Vatican-bound Tagle)

This was seen as Tagle’s final Nazareno fiesta Mass as Manila archbishop. After 8 years as Manila’s top prelate, Tagle is set to move to Rome as head of a powerful office in the Vatican.

Here are highlights of Rappler’s coverage of Traslacion 2020.

Traslacion begins

The Black Nazarene leaves Quirino Grandstand to start Traslacion

(READ: Faster Traslacion 2020 frustrates devotees)

Devotees complain police barred them from Black Nazarene procession

The Black Nazarene enters Ayala Boulevard from Taft Avenue 

The Black Nazarene crosses the Ayala Bridge

Devotee offers his back to help other devotees climb, transfer

(READ: Filipinos online offer prayers for world peace on Feast Day of Black Nazarene)

(IN PHOTOS: First few hours of Traslacion 2020)

A stylist’s devotion to the Nazarene

(READ: Devotion ‘to the last breath’: Senior citizens brave Traslacion 2020)

Philippine Catholics swarm Christ icon hoping for miracle

(READ: Volunteers share food and water with tired devotees during Traslacion 2020)

Volunteers share free food and water to tired devotees

Dungaw pulls in thousands of devotees

Manila residents throw 20-, 100-peso bills for devotees in procession

‘Andas wall’ ends at Arlegui corner Nepomuceno

Devotees struggle to get past police in cramped alley

(READ: Traslacion first-timer ‘endures all pain’ to kiss the Nazareno)

Devotees find Traslacion ‘joyful and fulfilling’ despite police barricade

The Black Nazarene returns at Quiapo Church

At Plaza Miranda, police clash with Traslacion devotees

– Rappler.com

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