New route for Traslacion

Published December 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The annual “Traslacion” of the Black Nazarene scheduled on January 9 will have a slight change in the procession route.

Devotees parade their replica of the Nazarene in front of the Minor de Basilica of the Black Nazarene dawn Monday in preparation for the Traslacion. (Jun Ryan Arañas / MANILA BULLETIN)
Devotees parade their replica of the Nazarene in front of the Minor de Basilica of the Black Nazarene dawn January 7, 2019, in preparation for the Traslacion. (JUN RYAN ARAÑAS / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church, announced that the procession will pass through Ayala Bridge since Jones Bridge, McArthur Bridge, and Quezon Bridge are currently undergoing “retrofitting.”

“Please inform other devotees about the change in the route. This is also for our safety and security,” added Badong.

“We will make use of Ayala Bridge instead,” he told devotees gathered at Plaza Miranda in Manila minutes before the start of the Thanksgiving procession of the Nazareno on December 31.

The Thanksgiving procession of the image of the Black Nazarene this year took less than two hours to complete.

The revered image left Quiapo Church before  midnight Monday and was able to return before 2 a.m.

And according to Quiapo Church rector Msgr. Hernando Coronel, this year’s procession was record-breaking.

“The procession finished at 0124H with a record-breaking duration of one hour, 40 minutes, and 39 seconds to complete the 2.37-km route,” he said in an interview.

Badong said the “Traslacion” will start at the Quirino Grandstand then will pass through Katigbak Road, P. Burgos, Finance Road, then from LRT Taft all the way to Ayala Bridge, and Palanca.

Once it reaches the Quiapo area, Badong said, tThe procession will take the normal route.

On Monday, Quiapo Church also released the schedule for Traslacion 2020 on their Facebook page.

Based on the said calendar, Novena Masses will be from December 31 to January 8 every 6 p.m.

The replica procession is set on January 7 at 2 p.m.

The Eucharistic celebration will be held at 12 midnight at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta on January 9 to be led by Msgr. Coronel and Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as homilist.

The Traslacion will start from Luneta after the 5 a.m. prayer.

The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. Tradition holds that it got its color after it was burned in a fire that hit the Spanish galleon carrying it.