#Traslacion2020 IN PHOTOS: Gifts, Devotion, Mission
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the theme of this year’s Traslacion should not be lost on the Catholic faithful.
Devotees had mixed reactions on the new crowd control policy imposed by authorities during Thursday’s Traslacion or the commemoration of the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from what at the time was called Bagumbayan to Quiapo Church in 1868.
Except for a few instances, however, when devotees and police officers securing the andas or carriage bearing the image of the Black Nazarene had a heated confrontation, the Traslacion was generally peaceful, according to authorities.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, who is going to the Vatican for a new posting, took the opportunity to call on the Filipino faithful to pray for peace in the Middle East amid the tension between the United States and Iran during the midnight mass before the procession kicked off at 4:16 a.m. or at least an hour earlier than in previous years.
The image of the Black Nazarene reached Quiapo Church faster at 8:44 p.m. with a shorter route. Last year, the procession ended at past 2 a.m. the next day.
“Sa atin pong pagtitipon na puno ng pananalangin, pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ibang bahagi ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ang panganib ng karahasan at harinawa huwag umuwi sa giyera, sa digmaan,” Tagle said.
“Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapwa sa Middle East; humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapwa, humupa ang mga hangarin na mag-higanti, at ipanalangin natin ang ating kapwa Pilipino, ang kanilang mga pamilya dito, na nangangamba,” he added.
Tagle also offered a moment of silence along with the hundreds of thousands of devotees of the Black Nazarene who attended the midnight mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park for peace in the Middle East.
In his homily, Tagle reminded the devotees to reflect on the theme of this year’s Traslacion: “Iba’t-ibang kaloob, isang debosyon tungo sa isang misyon,” or one devotion toward a single mission for all.
“Ang kaniyang debosyon at ang kaniyang misyon, ginawa niya sa iba’t-ibang mga pamamaraan. Naipakita ni Hesus na marami na rin siyang iba’t-ibang kaloob at tulad natin, iba’t-iba ang kaloob,” Tagle noted.
“Ito po ang ating panalangin para sa ating lahat. Mga deboto, ang debosyon umuuwi sa misyon. At walang makapagsasabi, hindi ko kaya ang misyon. Hanapin mo ang kaloob na natanggap mo,” he said. “Ang kaloob na ’yan, palalimin mo sa pag-ibig at sa pamamagitan niyan, magtagumpay nawa ang Diyos sa iyong paglilingkod.”
Tagle is set to leave the Archdiocese of Manila after Pope Francis appointed him in December last year as the prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples – a position also known as the “Red Pope.”
The Vatican has yet to appoint Tagle’s replacement in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Here are the images taken by The Philippine STAR’s photographers during the more than 16-hour procession.