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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Procession of Miraculous Black Nazarene Changes Route for Safety

Dept. of Public Works and Highways workers patch cracks on Jones bridge in Manila on Jan. 6, 2014. Quiapo church officials have decided to use this bridge instead of the traditional MacArthur bridge during the grand Black Nazarene procession this Thursday to better ensure public safety. Msgr. Ignacio rector of Quiapo church made the announcement yesterday as thousands of devotees from around the country of the revered Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno are expected to join the procession of replicas of the Black Nazarene at 3 p.m. today through the streets of Quiapo, Manila as a prelude to the 407th grand Translacion procession on Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. Ignacio said the change in the procession's traditional route was for the safety of the devotees. In the same press conference Manila Vice Mayor Moreno said the Jones bridge will be safer for devotees since it was recently retrofitted. From Jones bridge the procession will turn left to Escolta then right to Palanca St. The Translacion procession recalls the transfer of the Black Nazarene image from the Recollect Church in Intramuros, Manila to the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in 1787. This year marks the 7th time that Black Nazarene procession will start outside the Quiapo church. Meanwhile, the 8th of the 9 Days Novena  masses in honor of the Black Nazarene that began last Dec. 31, 2013 will be held at 6 pm at the Quiapo Church today. 
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