NEWS ALERT: Isko urges Catholics to observe the Feast of the Black Nazarene solemnly

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso urged on Wednesday, January 5, the faithful to have an intimate relationship with the Black Nazarene in their respective homes.

The call of Domagoso was made after he announced the cancelation of any Traslacion 2022 related activities this year following the surge of COVID-19 cases.

“Ang Diyos pwede mong makausap kahit anong oras, kahit anong araw, kahit nasaan ka. Humingi ka ng tawad, humingi ka ng blessings, guidance anytime pwede mo ‘yang gawin. You can be a responsible parishioner,” Domagoso said.

“Umupo tayo sa bahay, hawak-hawak tayo ng kamay, ng pamilya natin, magdasal tayo ng taimtim sa kanya-kanya nating tahanan para naman sa inyong kaligtasan,” he added.

The Mayor said that the decision was to protect the general public amid the rise of COVID-19 infection and the threat of the omicron variant in the country.

According to Domagoso, devotees of the Black Nazarene could hear mass through a livestream that the Quiapo Church will provide on Sunday, January 9.

“Alam natin nakagawian na natin ‘yan dahil sa ating pananampalataya lalo na ‘yung nananalig sa Poong Nazareno. Ipagpapasensya po ninyo ito ay para rin naman sa inyong kaligtasan at ng inyong mga anak o pamilya,” he said.

“Maraming maraming salamat sa kaparian ng Quiapo at kay Msgr. Coronel sa pagtugon nila. Sarado ang simbahan, online mass tayo,” Domagoso added.

Strict implementation of Ordinance No. 5555, or the city ordinance banning the selling of alcoholic beverages and drinking of liquor to areas part of the jurisdiction of the Black Nazarene Feast.

“Magdasal tayo kasama ang pamilya natin, magdasal tayo sa bahay. Diyos ang kailangan natin ngayon,” Domagoso said.