Millions of Filipino Catholics are expected to troop to the City of Manila this January 9 to take part in the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene, which is housed in the famous Quiapo Church, whose formal name is Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Espiritu ng Mahal na Poong Nazareno: Awa at Malasakit ng Abang Simbahan.”
The flurry of activities will begin in the afternoon of January 8, when the icon of the Black Nazarene will be transported from Quiapo Church to Quirino Grandstand. This is expected to happen at around 1PM.
From then, the devotees will be allowed to fall in line and kiss the statue of the Black Nazarene (referred to in Filipino as “pahalik“). Later that day, several priests and prelates will take turns in addressing the crowd during the vigil, which is scheduled to last until the midnight.
Instead of doing it shortly after sunrise, the traditional mass for the feast will be done in the midnight of January 9. It will be officiated by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who is also the Archbishop of Manila.
The procession or traslacion is projected to begin around 6AM, and will most likely last until late that night, or during the wee hours of January 10.