MANILA, Philippines – The image of the Black Nazarene returned to the Quiapo Church on Thursday, January 9, concluding the biggest religious procession in the Philippines, which started at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila before sunrise the same day.
The procession, called the Traslacion, lasted around 16 hours, the fastest in recent years.
The image entered the church at around 8:49 pm on Thursday, led and carried by hijos—the volunteers who express their devotion by braving the sea of devotees determined to touch the revered image.
The journey reached its finish line faster because of the police barricade that was put in place during the first stretch of the procession. The carriage breezed through Finance Road at around 5:12 am, when it used to take all morning to get negotiate the Luneta area.
The previous years, the Traslacion ended on or after midnight. But the quick pace had a price: devotees who could not get close to the image , saying that the one day for their devotion was rushed.
The Black Nazarene statue, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. Ever since then, a bounty of traditions and rituals have sprung from the image. The most popular continues to be the Traslacion. – Rappler.com
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