Devotees of the Black Nazarene will now have more time to venerate the image which is now on display at the balcony of Quiapo Church in Manila for the “pagpupugay” or “pagtanaw” (viewing).
Quiapo Church Rector Monsignor Hernando “Ding” Coronel said the pilgrim image is now on display to give devotees more time to venerate it.
The pilgrim image of the Black Nazarene was brought up on the balcony of the church weeks before the actual Feast Day of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9.
The pagpupugay replaced the “pahalik” (kissing of the image).
Quiapo Church had earlier announced that there will be no pahalik for Traslacion 2021 due to the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic.
The pahalik is usually held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, a day before the feast day.
Aside from the pahalik, the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene has also been cancelled.
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 devotees.
Traslacion is being attended by millions of devotees, making it as one of the country’s biggest annual religious procession.