For the second time, we joined thousands in the yearly commemoration of the Traslacion (this is neither the feast of the Black Nazarene, which falls on Good Friday, nor of the Quiapo Church, which honors John the Baptist, its patron saint, in June). The Traslacion re-enacts the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene (which originated from Mexico) from the Agustinian parish in Intramuros, Manila, to Quiapo.
Here are some glimpses of the spiritual celebration.
At 5:50 AM, 9 January 2014, thousands of believers were gathered in front of the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, for the 6:00 AM Mass.
Ingming, Hannah and Gina came to join them in prayer and worship.
‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. I am the God of your ancestors,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and theGod of Jacob. (Exodus 3:5-6)
After the mass, it was Hannah’s treat at the nearby Children’s Park.