The image of the Black Nazarene has been placed on the balcony of Quiapo Church in Manila ahead of its feast day on January 9 to give Catholic devotees more time to venerate and view the life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ believed to be miraculous.
Assistant parish priest Fr. Douglas Badong said the Black Nazarene was put on display for the “pagpupugay” or “pagtanaw,” replacing the “pahalik” or the kissing of the Black Nazarene image usually held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila prior to the feast day.
Quiapo Church officials have decided to forgo the traditional traslacion or the procession of the Black Nazarene to avoid the transmission of COVID-19.
Traslacion is one of the country’s biggest religious processions with millions of devotees in attendance. Some even pass on their panata to younger members of their family.
The dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607.