In preparation for the Black Nazarene Traslacion procession in 2024, Quiapo Church representatives, police, and other government agencies conducted a walkthrough on Saturday morning.
The walkthrough started from Quirino Grandstand and ended at Quiapo Church, also called the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of the Black Nazarene, according to a report by Jhomer Apresto on Super Radyo dzBB.
Members of the Manila Police District Command and Hijos del Nazareno joined representatives of the Quiapo Church for the activity amid light rains.
The walkthrough was conducted to ensure the safety of devotees expected to join the Traslacion procession on January 9, 2024, the Feast of the Black Nazarene.
Personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority escorted the participants during the walkthrough.
The traditional Traslacion was not held for the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021, a “Pagtanaw” was held wherein the image of the Black Nazarene was placed on the altar for devotees to see from afar.
In 2022, no Traslacion and physical masses were held. Devotees were instead urged to attend online masses.
In 2023, a “Pagpupugay” was conducted instead of the traditional “Pahalik” or viewing and touching of the image of the Black Nazarene.
The Traslacion is the annual procession that carries the statue of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand back to Quiapo Church, taking place annually on January 9.
It usually attracts millions of Filipinos from all corners of the country. —KG, GMA Integrated News