- Image of the Black Nazarene brought back to Quiapo church after 21 hours
- The procession took less hours compared to last year
- The police said the Traslacion churned out less garbage
The miraculous image of the Black Nazarene successfully returned to Quiapo church after 21 hours of procession.
The Traslacion, term used for the procession, this year finished earlier compared to last year’s which lasted for 22 hours and 19 minutes.
According to a GMA News story, the route of the procession had some changes, the contingent went directly to Quezon Boulevard because of the presence of broken glass and the road was not well lit.
It arrived at the San Sebastian Church at about 10:35 where the Dungaw took place.
Manila Bulletin shared that the Philippine National Police estimated around 4-million devotees participated in the activity.
The police added that no untoward incident took place despite the reported commotion where thousands of devotees broke through barricades set up by church and police officials.
NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Eleazar said the Traslacion brought less garbage as compared to 2018 which he attributed to the “no vendor” policy they have imposed and the efforts from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
The Black Nazarene is a life-sized image of a kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the Cross. It is enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in the Quiapo district of Manila, Philippines.
It is popular in the country and is considered by many Pinoy Catholics to be miraculous; that a mere touch can cure illnesses.
In recent years, a composite replica of the image is brought out of its shrine in procession three times a year: the anniversary of its Traslacion every January 9, the Nazarene’s liturgical feast every Good Friday, and during the icon’s first day of annual Novena every New Year’s Eve or December 31.
The Traslacion is filled with stories of devotees hoping to receive blessings from Jesus Christ.