By Nel Andrade
ANGONO, Rizal — Thousands of devotees to Quiapo’s Black Nazarene coming from different parts of the province are expected to crowd the streets of the town starting Wednesday, October 24, as the pilgrim image of the cross-bearing and crimson-robed statue of Jesus Christ visits this Art Capital of the Country town until Sunday.
Local devotees to the Black Nazarene are accompanying the motorcade from Quiapo Church before 3 p.m. Wednesday all the way to the municipal grounds in this town where a welcome ceremony is expected to be led by Mayor Gerardo Calderon and other local officials around 4:30 p.m.
The image will then be paraded to the Saint Clement Parish Church nearby for the 6 p.m. holy mass and the traditional ‘pahalik’ or the kissing and wiping with handkerchief on the statue’s feet until 10 p.m.
Tomorrow, October 25, a long procession of devotees accompanying the pilgrim image will happen starting at 3 p.m. and will be expected to end around 10 p.m. at the Saint Clement Parish Church as the procession passes on the streets of the town for the ‘Pasanan’ or the taking of turns of the devotees in carrying the image on their shoulder, similar to what happens in Manila during the feast day of the Black Nazarene.
Another procession will happen on Saturday and a farewell mass on Sunday evening.
The song, “Awit Sa Poong Hesus Nazareno”, which is a composition of National Artist for Music and Angono resident, Maestro Lucio San Pedro, will fill the air during the entire stay of the image from October 24 to October 31.