An Deboto 2015

Upod han ak pamilya, nakirisyo nadaman kami han kadam-an ha Manila nga nag selebrar han tinu-ig nga “Trasclacion” kakulop, 9 Enero 2015. Ginbubuhat in nga selebrasyon paghinumdum han pagbalhin han imahe han Black Nazarene tikang nga dapit ha Intramuros  ngadto ha Quiapo panahon pa han mga Kastila (1787).

Kay ano nga itom an Nazareno?

Adi an siring han open source nga wikipedia:

The statue was made by an anonymous Mexican sculptor, and the image arrived in Manila via galleon from Acapulco, Mexico, sometime in the mid-1600s. Traditional accounts attribute the colour to factors such as votive candles offered before the image; artistic licence by its sculptor; or the most widely-held belief, which is that it was charred by a fire onboard the galleon that brought it from Mexico.

Bakit marami ang naniniwala sa Poong Nazareno?

Milyon-milyong deboto ang sumasali sa Traslacion taon-taon. Kung bakit—ito marahil ay masasagot lamang ng bawat isa na sumasali sa gawaing ito, bagamat marami na ang nakapagsabi na ang Itim na Nazareno ay mapag-himala, at sila, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakita ng debosyon, ay napagbigyan na sa kani-kanilang mga hiling.

I have my own testimony on why I commune with the devotees of the Black Nazarene. That I owe my life to God (one in the Father, the Son–the Nazarene, black or white–and the Holy Spirit) is something that I share even with non-devotees. And for this, devoting my life to thank him (and somehow try to express it, aside from joining the Traslacion every year, by being honest, kind, charitable, respectful, hard working, etc.) will never be enough. What attracts me even more to the Black Nazarene as worshiped by His flock is the spontaneity of what comes about as a burst of expression of faith by a multitude, with whom I share the hope that the Lord will continue to shower Mercy upon His people.

Feast of Black Nazarene 2015

Photo above, and video below, taken near Manila City Hall, at around 3 PM, 1 January 2015.

 

Maliban sa prosesyon, sumali din kami sa hating-gabi na misa doon sa Quirino Grandstand, Luneta. In his homily, His Eminence, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, encouraged the faithful to practice three simple things to be true to their calling as “mga deboto.”

Ang tatlong bagay na ito ay ang “tumingala,” “lumingon,” at “yumuko.”

Tumingala is to acknowledge that God is the source of everything. Looking up above symbolizes the gesture.

Lumingon is to be grateful to God for all the blessings (including, I assume, the trials—the kind that either strengthen or crush us, depending on how we respond to them—that we pray we would be spared from) we received from him. Turning back the head is the symbol of this gesture.

Yumuko is to acknowledge our nothingness before God. Bowing down our heads in humility is the symbol of this gesture.

Cardinal Tagle jokes that the three neck exercises will ease the flow of blood to our heads, and will make us feel good, if not even better. And in a serious mien, he said we can live more meaningful lives if we can all regularly do tingala, lingon, and yuko.

The Holy Mass itself has many symbols by which we can practice the neck exercise. The raising of the consecrated bread and wine by the Priest is one of the highest points of the Mass.

It is an occasion for the believer to tingala, and be grateful to God for his infinite Love and Mercy. In the wilderness when the Israelites were on their journey from slavery in Egypt to the land promised to them by God, they were saved from deadly snake bites by looking up and gazing towards a snake image made of bronze.

For the Catholic faithful, the consecrated bread and wine is the same bronze snake which Moses lifted up in the wilderness. It is also the same blood of the lamb that spared believers from death in Egypt—the time when the Pharaoh (King) of Egypt defied Moses, who was under God’s command to save the Jews from bondage in a foreign land; the Pharaoh digged in until death swept away all the first-born sons in all of that land, including his own, except those whose living quarters were sealed with the mark of the consecrated blood.

Bitter, devastated, and in agony, the Pharaoh referred to Moses with these words: “His God, is God.”

During the Holy Mass, the faithful, kneeling down, looks up to the lifted bread and wine, and as soon as the Priest gets himself to kneel before the living God, softly declares: “My Lord, and My God.” This is to repeat what Apostle Thomas, who doubted the resurrection of Jesus, had said when the Lord asked him to touch his wounds.

Let Them Whom He Touches Be Cleaned

The streets of Manila where Traslacion 2015 passed through—thanks to the excellent work by Manila City Hall and Metro Manila Development Authority—were likewise symbols of transformation. Devotees and ambulant vendors are not known for order and cleanliness of their surroundings. But like the God who repairs blighted souls and who this crowd professes to worship, sweepers combed these areas and left them cleaner than they could be.

Feast of Black Nazarene 2015

Photo taken in front of Manila City Hall, some 30 minutes after the procession has passed the area.

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A few meters southward, still in front of the Manila City Hall, the clean look of Padre Burgos Street. At the foreground is the Manila Hotel, to its left is Quirino Grandstand where the procession started.

Feast of Black Nazarene 2015

Standing beside Lagusnilad, I took this photo of Taft towards Lawton. To the right is the Manila City Hall. The tail of the procession can be seen at the foreground. (Photo by Ingming Aberia)

May Jesus of Nazareth, the True Christ, cleanse all of us who have been part (physically or in thoughts) of the Traslacion 2015 from all physical and spiritual infirmities.

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