Two Major Feasts this Sunday : St. Philomena and The Black Nazarene

On Sunday January 9, 2011 we are celebrating two major feasts, St. Philomena and Jesus Padre Nazareno (the Black Nazarene).
Actually there is a third, and that is the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, celebrated on the first Sunday after Epiphany.
At the Holy Redeemer Parish in Del Monte Avenue corner  Malac Street, Masambong, Quezon City, where you have the Shrine of St. Philomena, procession will start at 3:30pm, Novena at 5:30pm and Mass at 6pm celebrated by Fr. Clod Balbagdo, parish priest.  For other details you can check their official website.

As to the program for the feast of the Black Nazarene, these are all over the papers. Quoting partially from Manila Bulletin:

“..procession which will start from the Rizal Park, Manila, at 8 am following the 6 am Mass by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.”

“The program of activities will start at 1 p.m. with the traditional “Pahalik sa Poong Nazareno,” when devotees and penitents line up to kiss the feet or wipe the feet or hands of the centuries-old image This will be followed by a band parade at 3:30 p.m., a mass and a healing service at 5 p.m. The overnight vigil begins at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Jan. 9, talks will be held at 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., while the Holy Hour will be observed at 4 a.m. Ignacio said the procession will take the traditional route this year “to help prevent congestion at the gate of the church that may lead to accidents.”

I found a map of the procession and the detailed route from GMA News.

from the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, it will turn left on Katigbak Drive thru Padre Burgos;
left at Taft Avenue thru McArthur Bridge
right at Palanca St. thru Quezon Bridge
left at Quezon Blvd.
right at Arlegui St.
right at Fraternal St.
right at Vergara St.
left at Duque de Alba St.
left at Castillejos St.
left at Farnecio St.
right at Arlequi St.
left at Nepomuceno St.
left at Aguila St.
right at Carcer St.
right at Hidalgo St. thru Plaza del Carmen
left at Bilibid Viejo thru Puyat St.
left at Guzman St.
right at Hidalgo St.
left at Barbosa St.
right at Globo de Oro St. thru Quezon Bridge;
right at Palanca St.
right at Villalobos St. thru Plaza Miranda and to Quiapo Church

I have been planning my schedule for Sunday as I never miss going to both feasts.  I guess I will attend mass at the Holy Redeemer first then I proceed to Quiapo late in the evening when vehicles are able to go nearer the church, usually that is after the procession.

Meanwhile, for those who are not yet familiar with St. Philomena, here are two videos about her life.  You can also check out my previous post about her life.

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