Millions of Catholic Filipinos are expected to flock to the City of Manila this January 9, Saturday, to take part in the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene, which is housed in the famous Quiapo Church (formally known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene). The theme for this year’s celebration is “Banal na Eukaristiya, buhay ng mga sumasampalataya sa Poong Hesus Nazareno sa taon ng Awa.”
The flurry of activities will begin early morning of January 8, when the icon of the Black Nazarene will be transported from Quiapo Church to Quirino Grandstand.
During that time, devotees will be allowed to fall in line and kiss the statue of the Black Nazarene (referred to in Filipino as “pahalik“). By night time, several priests will take turns in addressing the crowd during the vigil, which is scheduled to last until the midnight.
Also during this time, devotees can have their confessions before members of the clergy that are in the area. By midnight, Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will be officiating the traditional mass for the feast.
The vigil will resume after the Eucharistic Celebration. The procession or traslacion is projected to begin by 5:30AM, or after the morning prayer, and will most likely last until the early hours of January 10.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is yet to release the route of Traslacion 2016 but it is not likely to deviate much from the route followed last year.