Make devotion a way of life – Tagle

Published January 9, 2019, 11:12 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By PNA, Christina Hermoso, and Leslie Ann Aquino

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged devotees of the Black Nazarene to show their devotion every day.

Taken with multiple exposure camera settings, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the mass during the annual procession with the religious icon of the Black Nazarene at Quirino grandstand in Manila, Januray 9, 2019. (Czar Dancel)
Taken with multiple exposure camera settings, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the mass during the annual procession with the religious icon of the Black Nazarene at Quirino grandstand in Manila, Januray 9, 2019. (Czar Dancel)

“When you say devotee, it should not just be for January 9, every Traslacion. Devotion is a daily act, in every part of the globe,” the head of the Archdiocese of Manila said in his homily at the midnight mass for the feast of the Black Nazarene at the Quirino Grandstand on Wednesday.

The theme of this year’s celebration is “Deboto ng Poong Hesus Nazareno: Hinirang at Pinili Upang Maging Lingkod Niya” which focuses on the responsibilities and mission of Black Nazarene devotees.

“We are not saying that being a devotee is already a perfect relationship with Jesus. In every kind of love, loyalty, and union, it must be daily,” Tagle furthered.

Devotees, he said should also share how their devotion changed their lives for the better.

First devotee

Before millions of devotees of the revered Poong Hesus Nazareno came about, “Jesus Christ was the first devotee,” Tagle said in his homily, “sent by God the Father to save mankind. Jesus was the first ever devotee. He was deeply devoted to us.”

The Cardinal also used the occasion to explain the difference between a devotee and a fanatic.

“A real devotee loves. The essence of devotion is love that lasts,” Tagle noted. “A fanatic does not love. Fanatics hold on to one who gives importance to them. But a devotee is not like this. One is devoted because of love and that is what Jesus showed us,” he said.

Unlike a fanatic, Tagle said a devotee, because of love, will continue being loyal, regardless of whether they benefit from something or not.
Only devotees, he said will understand this. “If you’re not a devotee you’re going to question it,” he added.

“When a fanatic does not get what he wants, he will stop. But a devotee continues with his devotion no matter what. You are devoted because you love Him. That is what Jesus exemplified when He showed His devotion to us,” the cardinal added.

“Lastly, devotees are united with the one they love, be it in suffering, happiness, and sickness,” the Manila Archbishop added.

Devotee’s pledge

Quiapo Church Parochial Vicar Fr. Danichi Hui observed an improvement in the demeanor of devotees after they introduced the devotee’s pledge on Wednesday.

For one, members of the Hijos Del Nazareno smoothly transferred the revered image from the altar at the Quirino Grandstand to its carriage for the procession.

“Unlike in previous years, the stage was not mobbed by the devotees,” Hui noted.

The introduction of the “Devotee’s Pledge” was recited before the start of the Traslacion where devotees vowed to abide by the rules and regulations of being a devotee and help maintain an orderly procession may have contributed to this, Hui said.

“This is one way to calm them down and make the devotees stay where they are. This enabled us to quickly and properly make the transfer,” he said.
The introduction of the prayer stations along the procession route last year is another factor why the procession was able to leave the Quirino Grandstand right away.

“Before it was difficult for the procession to come out because of the huge volume of people here,” said Hui.

“Now it’s not that congested because based on the information we have been receiving, many are just waiting in prayer stations for the procession to pass through there,” he added.

Given all these, Hui said they expect the return of the image to Quiapo Church before 3 a.m. Thursday.

The Traslacion last year lasted for 22 hours.

 
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