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Tips to would be participants please note the following before you decide to go : 
  • Advise your family.
  • Ensure that your house is properly secured before you leave.
  • All of your electrical devices in your house must be unplugged 
  • Be physically prepared. 
  • Children, elderly, pregnant and persons who are sick should avoid crowded places; thus, they are advised to stay at home and rest.
  • Participants should have with them their identification card
  • Participants should have with them their medical information and emergency contact numbers.
  • Wear proper clothing. 
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Avoid bringing expensive electronic devices.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks. 
  • Bring candies, crackers and bottled water.
  • Drink a lot of fluid to prevent heat exhaustion.
  • Devotees should also be aware of their location at all times.
  • Avoid safety hazards and, if they come in groups, should designate a meeting point in case someone gets lost.
  • Maintain proper distance to avoid unnecessary injuries.
  • Plan a safe exit path from the crowd. 
  • Know the location and means of access towards the medical stations, police stations and other available authorities within the area.
  • It is to each his own there. 
  • They act like there's no tomorrow. Survival of the Fittest style.
  • Some of the devotees think that the wilder they are the holier they become. 
  • Devotees have been known to mob the statue even before the Mass at the grandstand ends.
  • The miraculous image of the Black Nazarene is under constant siege from a maddened multitude trying to beat one another some of them jump, push and shove anyone who gets on their way.
  • Some devotees seems to be in a blind rush to reestablish a link with the Lord they don't care if they hurt anyone along the way. 
  • The injuries and even deaths of devotees are brought upon by one or a combination of heat, fatigue, or being trampled upon by other devotees. 
For the procession on Monday, Philippine National Police (PNP) has doubled the security and assigned a total of 1,600 policemen to do the crowd control.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has made a televised appeal for order, warning those who are caught with intoxicating drinks that they will be apprehended and fined.

The Catholic Church for the first time is tapping priests to move the revered statue of the Black Nazarene before it embarks on its grand procession on Monday.

Monsignor Jose Clemente Ignacio, Quiapo church rector, said they have tasked priests to carry the Black Nazarene from the altar at the Quirino Grandstand to its andas or the carriage that would be pulled throughout the procession.
Popular Quiapo priest Fr. Anton Pascual was tasked to remind the faithful to stay in their places as priests carry the image to its carriage.

The crowd will be ask to wait until after the Mass ends before they surge forward because the priests are not used to being mobbed. The devotees should respect the Mass because it is sacred.


A procession will held on January 9, 2012 for the feast of the Black Nazarene. 

Devotees of the Black Nazarene will commemorate the Traslacion. The Traslacion is the  transfer of the image from Quirino grandstand to its present shrine in Quiapo. The Black Nazarene will be carried into the streets for procession in a shoulder-borne carriage known to devotees as the "andas".
The procession is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. after the Mass but, because of the multitudes of those who attend, it is expected to last for 10 to 12 hours.

Around eight million devotees flock in Quiapo every year and wear the color maroon and go barefoot in imitation of Jesus on his way to Mount Calvary. 

Traditionally, men are the only ones permitted to hold the ropes pulling the image's carriage, but in recent years female devotees also participated in the procession. These rope pullers are called traditionally as the "Namamasan" by devotees. 

People who have touched the Black Nazarene are reported to have been cured of their diseases, and Catholics come from all over Manila to touch the image in the hopes of a miracle. 

Towels and handkerchiefs are wipe on the statue in their hope of a miracle they attributed to the "rubbing off".

To some devotees it is their annual rites to beg for forgiveness and renewal of their subscription to God’s grace.

The procession held on the feast day is notorious for the annual casualties that result from the jostling and congestion of the crowds engaged in pulling the carriage. 

Only in the Pilipins!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hear Mass in Quiapo Online!

Quiapo Church picture from Wikipedia
Now, devotees and parishioners from all over the world need not come to the Philippines just to hear Mass in Quiapo Church, home of the centuries-old image of the Black Nazarene.

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, introduced the online streaming of its regular Masses, it was announced last Sunday by its rector, Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio.

The live streaming service was initiated following numerous requests from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), mostly devotees, who wanted to hear Mass but could not do so because of their circumstances.

The live streaming of the hourly Masses—through the church’s website 

Schedule on Fridays begins from 
4 a.m. to 12:15 p.m

and resumes at 

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The Holy Hour or the Eucharistic adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, every Friday can also be viewed live. scheduled at 3 p.m.

All of the Sunday Masses from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. are also broadcast online.

Children’s Mass or the Misa Pro Populo @ 3 p.m.
Talks being held at Quiapo Church can also be accessed live through the Internet.

WARNING: Attending Masses through live streaming should not be a substitute for attending Mass in person. “Catholics still have to go to Mass in their churches,” said Ignacio.  They are just offering this for those who can’t go to Mass due to their condition.

The Quiapo Church is the permanent dwelling of the 17th century life-sized icon of the Black Nazarene, which draws millions of devotees to a pilgrimage in Quiapo every year during its feast day.Travel & Leisure - Top Blogs Philippines



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