Ilokano devotees mark the Feast of Black Nazarene amid pandemic

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Jan. 10 (PIA) - - Ilokano catholic devotees marked on Saturday the Feast of Black Nazarene at Saint William the Hermit Cathedral here amid the COVID–19 pandemic.

 

Bishop Daniel O. Presto of the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union officiated the concelebrated mass offered for the feast at the cathedral at 2:00 PM. Clergies of the diocese and the catholic parishioners strictly observed the health protocols during the mass.

 

In his homily, Bishop Presto said that the Black Nazarene symbolizes hope, strength, and endurance at this time of the COVID–19 pandemic. It manifests an inspiration for the people to survive from any disasters, illnesses, and evils. 

Catholic devotees carry the Black Nazarene from the Saint William the Hermit Cathedral in San Fernando City, La Union to prepare for a motorcade after the concelebrated mass on Saturday. The other highlight for the celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene in La Union is the praying of a novena offered to the Nazarene. (Photo by FGL, PIA 1) 

 

To ensure the safety of the devotees from the COVID-19 virus, a motorcade of the Black Nazarene was conducted instead of a procession. The life-size image of the Black Nazarene was on board in a well-decorated truck accompanied by the devotees’ vehicles. The image was toured to San Juan town proper and back to the city of San Fernando.

The life-size image of the Black Nazarene on board in a well-decorated elf before a motorcade in San Fernando City, La Union on Saturday. (Photo by FGL, PIA 1)

 

Reverend Father Benjamin Manzano, Jr., the parish priest of Saint Joseph the Husband of Mary Parish in Bagulin, La Union, said that the Black Nazarene brings a message of the need for every people to sustain their strong faith in God at all times.

 

Father Manzano said the strong faith in God brings relief from the sufferings of the people from any challenges in life.

 

“I’m encouraging every one of us to visit our church and to have a devotion to the Black Nazarene for us to relieve ourselves from our sufferings” Father Manzano said.

 

The Black Nazarene, according to Father Manzano, also reminds God's perpetual love for his people.  

 

“With God’s grace, a vaccine for our protection and recovery from the COVID-19 virus had already been formulated,” he said.  

 

Earlier, the Quiapo Church identified the Saint William the Hermit Cathedral of the Diocese of San Fernando de La Union as one of the venues for this year’s Feast of the Black Nazarene. This is to let the devotees fulfill their devotion to the Black Nazarene in their locality instead of going to the Quiapo Church in Manila.

 

The Black Nazarene depicts Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. The icon is renowned in the Philippines. It is considered by many Filipino devotees to be miraculous as its mere touch is reputed to cure disease. (JCR, FGL, PIA 1)  



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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