Many devotees of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church were saddened by the recent announcement that the annual Traslacion grand procession for 2021 has been canceled. This is due to the coronavirus pandemic which is still a prevailing threat to Filipinos.
Every January 9, millions of devotees of the Black Nazarene flock to Quiapo Church barefoot to join the procession and try to hold the “andas“. (Read: “Pray for peace during Traslacion,” Cardinal Tagle asks Nazareno devotees)
Most of these devotees do these gestures as part of their “panata,” or vow to show gratitude for answered prayers. For some, they believe that by doing such acts, the miraculous Black Nazarene will listen to their prayers and grant them.
No Trasclacion for 2021
Quiapo Church rector Monsignor Hernando Coronel said he was saddened by the cancellation but stressed that they had no choice as the public still has to follow health protocols enforced by the government. He added that more Masses will be celebrated instead to celebrate the feast.
“We’re trying to come up with ways to have this celebration. Our devotion will be shown by having a Mass to honor our Black Nazarene,” Msgr. Coronel said. (Read: Four sacramentals that are known to be miraculous in the Philippines)
This will be the first time in decades that the Traslacion is called off.
Quiapo Church Mobile App
Meanwhile, as the public is urged to pray at home, the Quiapo Church has launched a mobile app that devotees can use for their prayer intentions. (Read: Quiapo Church Put on Lockdown as Priest Tests Positive for COVID-19)
The app gathers prayer requests, thanksgiving, and petitions. These will be included in the Mass intentions at the church, which is also a minor basilica.