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TRASLACION 2024: Manila archbishop encourages devotees to proclaim ‘Jesus sees and recognizes’ them

Manila archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula urged hundreds of thousands of devotees to actively “seek, embody, and share the divine presence” of Jesus of Nazareth. 

In his homily during the celebration of the Eucharist on the feast day of the Black Nazarene, the prelate encouraged the faithful to be “models of faith and concern for others.” 

He emphasized that true devotion is reflected in the devotee’s life, echoing the life of Jesus. Advincula called on the faithful to “show Jesus in their actions, to be instruments for others to witness the transformative power” of the Black Nazarene.



The annual traslacion (literally transfer), or procession of the Black Nazarene, which draws millions of devotees, started a few hours after the Holy Mass.

The traslacion procession recalls the 1787 transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene from an Augustinian church in the old walled city of Manila to the basilica in the city’s Quiapo district.

More than 15,000 security and medical personnel have been deployed along the procession route.

It is the first time the traditional parade featuring the life-sized statue has been held since 2020 after Covid-19 forced officials to downsize the event drastically.

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More than 380 people had received medical assistance by late morning, the Philippine Red Cross said on Facebook.

This year, the icon has been placed in a glass case for the first time and participants were banned from getting on the float — though some ignored the directive in their desperation to wipe a towel on the glass in the hope of receiving a miracle.

During the procession, one of the two ropes used to pull the float broke. – with reports from Agence France-Presse

Photos by Angie de Silva and Basilio Sepe

Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Tens of thousands of Catholic devotees fill the Ayala Bridge in Manila as the image of the Black Nazarene passes. The enclosure is moist due to the light rain during the Traslacion. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Nazareno devotees accompanied the image of the Black Nazarene to the Plaza del Carmen in front of the San Sebastian church for the traditional “Dungaw”, where the image of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel meets her beloved son, January 9. Photos by Angie de Silva
Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees hold on to the rope as they pull the carriage carrying the image of the Black Nazarene during its procession in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees show their devotion as they hold on to the rope pulling the carriage carrying the image of the Black Nazarene during its procession in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees venerate the image of the Black Nazarene during its procession in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Rescue personnel carry an unconscious devotee during the Black Nazarene procession in Manila, Philippines. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees try to climb up a carriage to get a touch or a kiss of the holy idol during its grand procession in Manila, Philippines. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees try to climb up a carriage to get a touch or a kiss of the holy idol during its grand procession in Manila, Philippines. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees try to climb up a carriage to get a touch or a kiss of the holy idol during its grand procession in Manila, Philippines. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees try to climb up a carriage to get a touch or a kiss of the holy idol during its grand procession in Manila, Philippines. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe
Devotees struggle to hold on to the rope as they pull the carriage carrying the image of the Black Nazarene during its procession in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday. January 9, 2024. Thousands of Catholic devotees joined the “traslacion,” or the annual grand procession of the Black Nazarene in celebration of its Feast Day. Photo by Basilio Sepe

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