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IN PHOTOS: Nazareno 2021, faith in the time of pandemic

IN PHOTOS: Nazareno 2021, faith in the time of pandemic

A Catholic devotee wearing a face mask and a face shield for protection against COVID-19 kneels to pray while attending Mass on the Feast of the Black Nazarene, outside Quiapo Church on January 9, 2021.

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Reuters

Here are scenes from the Feast of the Black Nazarene this year, an ardent display of faith in the time of pandemic.

Thousands of Catholic devotees observed physical distancing as they queued for Masses on Saturday, January 9, to pray before a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to be miraculous.

With the coronavirus pandemic afflicting the country, authorities canceled an annual procession of the life-sized image of the Black Nazarene, the country’s largest religious event that draws millions of devotees in an annual ritual observed for 200 years.

Instead, church leaders organized 15 Masses at Manila’s Quiapo Church, which houses the life-sized statue, and livestreamed the worship services, pleading for devotees not to flock into the basilica.

Organizers allowed only 400 devotees at a time inside Quiapo Church, but thousands of others heard Mass outside.

Here are scenes from the Feast of the Black Nazarene this year, an ardent display of faith in the time of pandemic.

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Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler
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Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler
Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler
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– with reports from Reuters/Rappler.com