Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:11

Christ is the first devotee, says Cardinal Tagle


The celebration of the feast of the Black Nazarene culminated with a midnight Mass at the Quirino Grandstand on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Delivering his homily in a sea of devotees, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle emphasized Christ’s devotion to mankind was manifested on the cross when he came down from heaven, lived on earth, and died for the salvation of the world. 

“Pero si Hesus nasa langit bababa para samahan tayo. At iyan ay upang ipakita na ang kalooban ng Diyos ay hindi para maparusahan tayo kundi mailigtas tayo. Ganyanka-devoted si Hesus sa atin. Pati langit iiwanan niya mapasama sa mga kapatid na makasalanan hindi para yurakan sila. Hindi para sila’y parusahan kundi upang iligtas,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Photo by Fatima Maisog Llanza
Photo Gallery: Midnight Mass for the Feast of the Black Nazarene

Cardinal Tagle also spoke of the theme of the celebration, “Deboto ni Poon Hesus Nazareno: Hinirang at Pinili Niya upang maging lingkod Niya.” 

Reflecting on the theme, Cardinal Tagle stated the difference of devotion and fanaticism.

“Ang tunay na deboto ay nagmamahal. Ang dahilan ng debosyon ay pagmamahal,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“Ang panatiko hindi nagmamahal. Ang panatiko nag-a-ano lang yan e, kumapakapit sa isang nagbibigay ng halaga sa akin,” he added.

He also reminded the faithful that the devotion to the Black Nazarene goes beyond its feast day and does not end in Traslacion. 

“Kaya kapag sinabing deboto hindi langyan pang-nuwebe Enero. Ang debosyon sa Poong Nazareno, araw-araw, saglit-saglit, sa bawat panig ng daigdig,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Traslacion commemorates the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from Luneta Grandstand to Quiapo Church where the procession passes through the different streets of Quiapo.

According to Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector and parish priest of Quiapo Church who presided the Mass, aside from Manila there are also other places in the Philippines who held their own Traslacion like Cagayan De Oro, Tagum, Batanes, Legazpi, and Nueva Vizcaya as well as the Filipino Community in the United Arab Emirates.

Present during the Holy Eucharist was the Clergy of Manila, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, officials from the different groups and agencies of the government, and fiesta committees who helped in the preparation of the feast.

The long procession of the Black Nazarene lasted for 21 hours from its departure to Luneta to its arrival to the Quiapo Church according to the Quiapo Command Center. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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