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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Translacion Nazareno

The long holiday season in the country ends today with the observance of the feast of
the Three Kings. the joyous season end officially tomorrow, January 9.
known as the Epiphany (“vision of God”) the feast of Three Kings commemorates
the manifestation of the Infant Jesus to the Three Wise Men from the East:
Melchor, Gaspar, and Balatazar.

In Manila, three men dressed as the 3 Kings ride around on horseback distributing
candies to children.

 Tomorow, Monday, marks the 411th feast of the black Nazarene. around 24k
devotees are expected to join...
Traslacion is  a practices emanating  from people. devotees, it's their way of making
sense of their religious tradition, its an effect of a devotion, a "panata" or vow.

The Black Nazarene was carved from a dark wood around the 16th century in
Mexico by a group of Spanish Augustinian Recollect friars, and then transported to
Philippines in 1606. the image was not charred but in fact dark through to its
core, as it was carved from mesquite wood

The statue was made by an anonymous Mexican sculptor, and the image arrived in
Manila via galleon from Acapulco, Mexico, sometime in the mid-1600s.

It was housed in several churches near Manila in the early decades, reaching
the Quiapo church in 1787 where it has been ever since it is considered miraculous
by many Filipino Catholics who believe that just touching it cures diseases.

3 times a year, the statue (now a replica) is brought out of Quiapo church on three
annual occasions: New Years’ Day, Good Friday, and on 9th of January.

The procession every January 9 reenacts the image's TraslaciĆ³n or "transfer" in 1787, or
solemn transfer to the Minor Basilica from its original location (Rizal Park).

The present-day statue enshrined in Quiapo Church is  a composite of the original
head and a replica sculpted by Gener Maglaqui, The second composite statue,
is stored in a different location then brought out only for the 3 major annual processions.
this began in the 90s for security concerns for the image to prevent further damage to it.

The TraslaciĆ³n procession on January 9 is the largest of the three, drawing millions of
devotees to do everything just to touch and get blessings from the icon,
and lasting anywhere from 5:30am to 2am.

Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees jostle to get closer to the image of the Black
credits google

The flurry of activities will begin early morning of January 9, when the icon of
the Black Nazarene will be transported from Quiapo Church to Quirino Grandstand.
every year, Millions of devotees are expected to participate in the annual traslacion
that will take the image from the Quirino Granstand, through the streets of Manila,
en route to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo.
credits google

During that time, devotees will be allowed to fall in line and kiss the statue of
the Black Nazarene we call it “pahalik“.  By night time, several priests
will take turns in addressing the crowd during the vigil, which is scheduled to last
until the midnight.
credits google 
Also during this time, devotees can have their confessions.By midnight,
Manila Archbishop  will be officiating the traditional mass for the feast.

credits google
usually the procession ends upon the arrival of the poon
at around 1:45am.

credits : google

credits: google

This event is taken from the Spanish term for translacion referring to "passage"
or "movement".
The procession or traslacion is projected to begin by 5:30AM, or after
the morning prayer, and will most likely last until the early hours of January 10.

The devotion to the poon is seen in the context of pagsasakripisyo and
at times involves risking ones life.

here is the route given last tues by the MMDA

by the way, there is a gunban now, til Jan. 10 8am. and... expect telecommunication
signals to be shutdown for security reasons.
another thing, the Manila government is targeting the seemingly impossible "trash-less"
translacion this yr. lets wait and see.

this is your LOVERBOY Dennis signing out.
see you tomorow.. when you see me..

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