Stay home, offer prayers for Black Nazarene instead, devotees told

By : Mindanao Today/06:37:26am 01/11/2022


Devotees pray at the Black Nazarene shrine Saturday, Jan. 8. The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro has decided not to hold the annual ‘traslacion,’ the traditional procession of the replica of the Black Nazarene held every Jan. 9 due to the threat of the coronavirus. (Jigger Jerusalem)

By Jigger Jerusalem

Associate Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - With the threat of infection from the coronavirus still a national concern, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro has decided not to hold the “traslacion” or the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene during its feast day Sunday, Jan. 9.

This restriction in movement of people during one of the biggest religious gatherings in the city should be reason enough for people to stay at home and practice their faith without their physical presence, said Judith Pacana, a member of the Hijos and Hijas del Nazareno, a local volunteer group tasked with supervising and organizing the “traslacion.”

Instead of the usual “traslacion,” the Nazareno parish, where the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Black Nazarene is housed, has decided to hold a motorcade of the replica of the Black Nazarene around the city’s downtown area starting at 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

This year will be the second time that the archdiocese has foregone the conduct of the traslacion since the government has declared a national health emergency following the pandemic in 2020.

Even vendors selling religious items and Black Nazarene memorabilia were instructed not to converge at the entrance of the Nazareno church.

Police officers and traffic enforcers were deployed around the vicinity of the church to ensure that the minimum public health standards were being complied with.

“It was deliberated to hold the motorcade during the curfew hours so people won’t flock that would probably spread the coronavirus. It’s enough that they stay at home, light candles, and offer prayers to the Black Nazarene,” Pacana said.

She said the archdiocese was mindful of the repercussion should the traditional traslacion be held.

“Wherever you are, as long as you pray to God, you can always feel His presence. If our faith is strong, God will always be with us. There’s no need to join a crowd. Your prayer is enough,” Pacana said.

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