• Kissing of Black Nazarene’s feet starts

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    ANNUAL BLESSING  Priests bless images of the Black Nazarene during a procession held at Quezon Blvd. two days before the annual feast of the Nazarene. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    ANNUAL BLESSING
    Priests bless images of the Black Nazarene during a procession held at Quezon Blvd. two days before the annual feast of the Nazarene. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ

    THE traditional pahalik or kissing of the feet of the Black Nazarene will start today at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park (Luneta in Manila).

    A liturgical Mass will also be held today, according to the Quiapo rector, Msgr. Clemente Ignacio.

    Ouiapo Church in Manila’s Quiapo district is home to the Black Nazarene.
    The pahalik will begin at 1 p.m.

    It will be followed by a vigil that will start at 5:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.

    The Catholic Church introduced some changes in this year’s observance of the annual feast.

    Instead of the usual 6 a.m. Mass held before the traslacion or procession, a Mass will be held at midnight on January 9.

    Meanwhile, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reminded devotees who will join the procession to observe discipline.

    Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs, said the public should bear in mind the sacredness of the feast.

    “With his visit just nearing, let’s also take the Quiapo fiesta as an opportunity to show to the Holy Father that Filipinos have discipline in terms of their devotion, and know that it brings them closer to God and their neighbors,” he said in an article posted on the CBCP website.

    Pabillo was referring to Pope Francis, who will visit the Philippines on January 15-19.

    “I call on all Nazarene devotees to take to heart and live out the true meaning of what it means to be devoted … that is, prayer, sacrifice, penance, self-giving,” he said.

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    1. Just look at how stupid these people are. They are idol worshipers, & even me a non religious man knows thats against their religion but do you see a single bishop say anything, no of course you wont as they are happy as the people are happy & give to the church. One day when a few get killed in this uproar something will have to change. But it also reminds me of the hag ( i think thats how you spell it ) the muslim event they have every year & every year thousands get killed. What stipid people & all in the name of god. But the good thing about it is it keeps the undertakers in a good job, if one dead person was a worker it now creates a position for another to get a job so thats the positive side of it. So the more deaths the better for the economy right. Get to it lads think of your country.

    2. if kissing of the feet of a statue is not worship, what name can we give? to me, that is plain and simple, IDOLATRY which is one of the ten commandments. yet these fellow professing Christians are wont or very much love to practice.

      when will we ever learn?

      • tama ka kaibigan, maliwanag sa bibliya na huwag tayong sasamba sa gawa ng tao.inuotu lang tayo ng mga pari,magbasa kayo ng bibliya para malaman niyo na niluluko lang tayo ng mga lalaking nakasaya,,,,,,,,

      • I agree. The reason why the Philippines has not been protected from calamities is that God’s protection is not upon our country. The obvious reason is IDOLATRY (bowing down to graven images) – throughout Biblical history, it is the most hated sin by the God of the Bible.