In Celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015 | Schedule of Activities
The Philippines, being mostly a Christian country, celebrates numerous feasts in honor of Jesus Christ, Mama Mary, Holy Spirit and the angels and the saints. One of the most anticipated religious events is the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015, locally known as Kapistahan ng Itim na Nazareno.
Feast of The Black Nazarene 2015 in Quiapo Manila
Every year on the 9th of January, hundreds of thousands of devotees gather at the Quiapo Church to get a glimpse and even touch the image of the Black Nazarene, as many believe of its healing powers. Next year, the feast falls on a Friday.
Who is the Black Nazarene?
The image of the Black Nazarene that lies inside the Quiapo Church is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ. It was brought here in the Philippines all the way from Mexico. Many Filipinos and other Catholic devotees believe that the Black Nazarene is miraculous.
On May 30, 1606, the Black Nazarene’s image was brought to Manila by the Augustinian Friars and was first displayed at the first Recollect church in what is now known as Rizal Park. The Archbishop of Manila then ordered the transfer of the image of Jesus Christ to Quiapo Church in 1787. In 1721 and 1929, two fires destroyed the church but the sculpture of the Black Nazarene was unscathed. Aside from the fires, it has also surpassed great earthquakes and the bombings during the World War II.
2015 Quiapo Fiesta near Quiapo Church
Although the Black Nazarene is brought outside the church on two other occasions every year, during Good Friday and New Year’s Day, its feast day is still held every January 9.
What happens during the feast?
The Black Nazarene is brought in procession to re-enact what happened during the translacion or transfer of the image from Mexico to its shrine here in the Philippines, the Quiapo Church in Manila. The Holy Image will be placed in a golden carriage as it is being taken to the different procession routes each year. Male devotees wear maroon t-shirts and lead the procession.
Every January 9, the streets of Quiapo will be flocked by millions of devotees from various places in Manila and around the world as the miraculous image is pulled by millions of devotees usually from the Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church. This can last up to 15 hours. Because a lot of people believe in the Black Nazarene’s miracles of healing, many would want to get near the image to touch it. But for those who can’t get near the Holy Image, they throw handkerchiefs and face towels to the men on the carriage with the hope that the powers of the miraculous Black Nazarene will be transferred to the piece of cloth.
Tentative Schedule of Activities for the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015
January 7, 2015
3:00 PM – Procession of all replicas of the Black Nazarene from various groups
January 8, 2015
1:00 PM – Kissing of the replica of the Black Nazarene ( at the Quirino Grand Stand)
7:00 PM – Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand
January 9, 2015
12:00 MN – 4:00 AM – Vigil at the Quirino Grandstand – start of the Procession Route 2015
6:00 AM – Holy Mass then followed by the procession (Traslacion) of the Black Nazarene to from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church
Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015 Safety Reminders (source : Philippine Red Cross)
- Leave your valuables
- Advise your family. Ensure that your house is properly secured before you leave. All electrical devices must be unplugged.
- Wear Comfortable clothes
- Bring an ID with contact information of any of your family member in case of emergency
- Bring candies, crackers and bottled water
- Check if you are physically fit, if not don’t risk
- Avoid alcoholic drinks
- Know the location and means of access towards the medical stations, police stations and other available authorities within the Black Nazarene 2015 Procession Route.
Where to Stay in Quiapo during the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2015?
City State Hotel has one right beside the Quiapo Church and the other is near Hidalgo Street and Carriedo LRT Station.