No Black Nazarene procession this Good Friday

Published April 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Ann Aquino

There will be no procession of the Black Nazarene this Good Friday.

In an interview, Father Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church in Manila, said they decided not to push through with the procession due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon which was extended until April 30.

Rev. Fr. Douglas Badong (PHOTO FROM VERITAS846/ MANILA BULLETIN)
Rev. Fr. Douglas Badong (PHOTO FROM VERITAS846/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The government imposed the ECQ last month to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“We won’t have it for the meantime because of the extension of the enhanced community quarantine,” Badong said.

He said other religious activities scheduled on Good Friday will still push through and will be made available to the faithful via live streaming.

Among these activities are the Seven Last Words and the Veneration of the Cross.

In the past, Monsignor Jose Clemente Ignacio, former rector of Quiapo Church, explained that the actual liturgical feast of the Black Nazarene is Good Friday.

“The liturgical feast of the Black Nazarene is Good Friday because that is the time that He carries the cross,” he said.
Ignacio said what is being commemorated every January 9 is the “Traslacion” or the transfer of the Black Nazarene image from Bagumbayan (old Intramuros) to Quiapo Church.

The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. It has been known to be miraculous by its Filipino devotees and the procession is attended by millions of devotees, making it as one of the country’s biggest annual religious events.

 
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