MANILA – Amid existing quarantine protocols, Quiapo Church officials said they sought the government’s approval to push through with the ‘traslacion’ or the procession of the Black Nazarene in January 2021.
“We are just waiting for the big news. We are hoping, but if they will not allow us, we will push through with it, but it will not be the same, not like what we are used to,” Fr. Douglas Badong, parochial vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, said in an interview on Thursday.
He said preparations for the annual event usually take six months, “…usually six months preparation before ‘traslacion,’ but for now we have yet to set meetings with other stakeholders. For us in Quiapo, we have conducted meetings and we are preparing for the worst-case scenario,” he said.
Should the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) would not allow them to hold the procession what will they do? They would just celebrate mass for the occasion said the priest.
“We will conduct the mass here and will put up makeshift chapels in designated areas; but we cannot control the people who will be going inside the church. That is why we are waiting for the IATF regarding how many people may be allowed inside the church for ‘traslacion,’” he said.
Meanwhile, Monsignor Hernando “Ding” Coronel, Quiapo Church rector, is hoping that the ‘traslacion’ will push through early next year.
“We hope the ‘traslacion’ pushes through, although it will be very much scaled down. There was no ‘traslacion’ in Bicol in lieu of the pandemic. It was my wish to Our Lady of Peñafrancia that our ‘traslacion’ pushes through in January,” He also said the annual procession for Our Lady of Peñafrancia in Bicol is held every September.
Badong and Coronel earlier said they are ready to face the investigation of the Joint Task Force Covid Shield on the motorcade of the image of the Black Nazarene on Monday, which is a supposed violation of prohibition on mass gatherings under quarantine protocols. (PNA) (IA/DS)
Featured Photo: DEVOTION. Millions of devotees participate in the annual ‘traslacion’ or the procession of the Black Nazarene every January 9th. Quiapo Church officials on 17 September 2020 sought government’s approval for the annual procession next year amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.