Nearly 600 devotees participate in Black Nazarene 'replica blessing'
Nearly 600 devotees participate in Black Nazarene 'replica blessing'
Nearly 600 devotees participate in Black Nazarene 'replica blessing'
by Ellicia Del Mundo03 January 2024
Photo courtesy: RH Boy Gonzales

Nearly 600 devotees participated in the “replica blessing” of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church today, January 3, a week before the feast day.

According to RH Boy Gonzales's report, devotees brought their own relics to Plaza Miranda where the blessing took place.

Some lifesize relics were transported in a car, tricycle, or pick-up truck, while small-size relics were hand-carried by devotees.

A mini procession was held thereafter the activity.


Interviewed by RH Boy Gonzales, Mary Ann, a devotee from Sampaloc, Manila, shared that she had trusted her and her family's lives to the Poong Itim na Nazareno ever since.

"Sinuko ko po sa kaniya yung buhay namin, bahala na siya sa amin pero hindi niya kami pinabayaan noong nag-pandemic. Yung panata namin, nasa puso namin kaya hindi kami pinabayaan ngayon," she said.

Mary Ann's son also said that the Black Nazarene did not abandon them amidst the challenges that life has thrown at them.

"Noong time na walang-wala kami, nag-provide ang Senior at hindi niya kami pinabayaan. At kahit anong problema sa amin o pagsubok, aming nalagpasan. Gano'n katibay yung pananampalataya namin sa kanya," he said.


This year's Traslacion or the annual procession of the Black Nazarene's image will be from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church.

Quiapo Church Feast of the Black Nazarene Adviser Alex Irasga told DZRH in an interview that devotees are not allowed to climb into the Black Nazarene's andas or carriage to prevent injuries and fatalities from happening again.

On January 6, Quiapo Church will open the Pahalik activity to the public and this will go on until January 8.

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