Like every other year, devotees that will participate in the whole event will be tested to their limits. Not only are there lots of people wanting to touch the holy Black Nazarene statue, present too are the elements of nature that may, provided you're not physically and mentally prepared, knock you out cold.
Anyway, here's the Feast of the Black Nazarene schedules and procession route for the year 2011:
Quiapo Church's Schedule of Mass and Activities:
January 9, 2011 (Sunday - Black Nazarene Feast Day)
3:00AM - 12:00PM
3:00PM - 9:00PM
Activities in Quirino Grandstand (Luneta):
January 08, 2011 (Saturday - Bisperas ng Kapistahan)
1:00PM - Start of the Kissing to the Black Nazarene
3:00PM - Band Parade
5:00PM - Healing Mass
8:00PM - Start of the Vigil
January 09, 2011 (Sunday - Black Nazarene Feast Day)
12:00AM - Continuation of the Vigil
3:00AM - Biblical Talk with Fr. Anton Pascual
4:00AM - Holy Hour
5:00AM - Continuation Biblical Talk with Fr. Anton Pascual
6:00AM - Concelebrated High Mass with Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales
8:00AM - Procession of the Black Nazarene
Feast of the Black Nazarene Procession Route
* From Quirino Grandstand (Rizal Park)
* Left to Katigbak Drive going to Padre Burgos
* Left to Taft Avenue going McArthur Bridge
* Left to Palanca St. going Quezon Bridge
* Left to Quezon Blvd.
* Right to Arlegui St.
* Right to Fraternal St.
* Right to Vergara St.
* Left to Duque de Alba St.
* Left to Castillejos St.
* Left to Farnecio St.
* Right to Arlequi St.
* Left to Legarda St.
* Left to Aguila St.
* Right to Carcer St.
* Right to Hidalgo St. going to Plaza del Carmen
* Left to Bilibid Viejo going to Puyat St.
* Left to Guzman St.
* Right to Hidalgo St.
* Left to Barbosa St.
* Right to Globo de Oro St. going to Quezon Bridge;
* Right to Palanca St.
* Right to Villalobos St. going to Plaza Miranda going back to Quiapo Church
If you guys are ever going to participate in the Feast of the Black Nazarene, please make sure that you are:
1) Fully equipped in terms of survival gear and items. Bring a couple of clothes, face towels and lots of bottled water with you;
2) Physically and mentally ready. Well you can look at the pictures and say to yourself "I can do that too." Once you're in the actual event though, it's not that easy. People collapse just from heat exhaustion. Some unfortunate few even get trampled;
3) Always alert for thieves and pickpockets. Yes, even in this holy event unscrupulous people will still take advantage of other people's belongings.
To sum it all up, be careful out there. God bless you in your journey at the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Jot down all the schedules and print out the procession route for the feast just to be sure.
'Till my next installment.
[Source: LakbayLENTE.com / Photo by: LakbayPilipinas.com]