'Pahalik' of Black Nazarene at Quiapo Church resumes

Published April 1, 2022, 5:10 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Devotees of the Black Nazarene may once again touch the image above the main altar of Quiapo Church in Manila.

Mark Balmores/ File photo/ MANILA BULLETIN

This as the “pahalik” of the image resumed on Friday, April 1.

Quiapo Church Rector Monsignor Hernando “Ding” Coronel said the “pahalik” started at 4 a.m.

“It started earlier today. Observing proper protocols from Evangelista as entrance to Quezon Blvd as exit,” he said in a text message.

Quiapo Church temporarily stopped the “pahalik” in 2020 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 in the country.

During the Traslacion 2021 and 2022, the “pahalik” tradition was replaced by the practice of “pagtanaw” (viewing).

The Black Nazarene is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ that was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607.

 
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