Quiapo scraps Black Nazarene’s replica procession

Even the traditional replica procession of the Black Nazarene has been scrapped as well due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.


Father Danichi Hui, parochial vicar of Quiapo Church, revealed this in an interview Saturday.
"There will be no traditional replica procession," he said.
"Instead as they come here in Quiapo if they have an image with them we will bless it right away," added Hui.
The procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene from various parts of the country is usually held at Quiapo Church days before the January 9 Feast Day of the Black Nazarene.
The activity usually draws a considerable crowd of Nazareno devotees from the representative barangays known as "balangays". 
Quiapo Church officials already announced last year the cancellation of the traditional traslacion procession of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9 due to the pandemic.
Also cancelled is the “pahalik” or kissing of the image. 
The image was put on display at the balcony of Quiapo Church in Manila last month for the "pagpupugay" or "pagtanaw" (viewing) to give devotees more time to venerate it.
The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607.
Considered miraculous by its Filipino devotees, its annual procession is being attended by millions of devotees, making it as one of the country’s biggest religious procession.