Everyone is welcome to join us every Friday in front of Jesus the Black Nazarene statue after the 12:07pm mass.
We gather and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Holy Rosary.
Jesus the Black Nazarene, also known as Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno and Mahal na Poong Hesus Nazareno or Mahal Na Poong Señor Nazareno is a life-size image of Jesus Christ carrying a big wooden cross in a semi kneeling position, clothed in a maroon-colored robe, with a crown of thorns and a diadem in the form of three silver rays. On May 31, 1606 the original image of the Black Nazarene was made by a Mexican sculptor and was being sent to Manila from Acapulco, Mexico by the first group of Augustinian Recollect Friars. However, the ship caught fire burning and charring the originally fair complexion of the image.
It is faith in Christ and the favors granted that intensify the devotion to the Suffering Christ, which was promoted by the Recollect Fathers. Pope Innocent X approved the statue for veneration in 1650 as a Sacramental and Pope Pius VII gave the statue his Apostolic Blessing in 1880, which granted plenary indulgence to those who piously pray before the statue.
The January 9 Feast Day commemorates the transfer / enshrinement in the present Basilica and is attended by several million devotees.