Now on its fourth year of revival in recognition of its historical importance as part of the tradition of Traslacion, the Dungaw or reenactment of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel “seeing” and “greeting” the image of the Black Nazarene was observed as a solemn part of this year’s procession.
A few minutes past 12 midnight, the andas carrying image of Black Nazarene momentarily stopped at San Sebastian Church to acknowledge or ‘greet’ the image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which is at the church’s balcony. The solemn moment was obseved together with prayers and a gospel reading on that moment when Jesus entrusted his mother to the apostles.
Devotees were encouraged to pray during this time, and remember the Mother’s love for Jesus as well as Jesus’ unconditional love for mankind.
Fr. Antonio Zabala Jr. Parish Priest of San Sebastian Church shared to reporters hours before the dungaw that one of the prayers include the call for the faithful to imitate the Blessed Mother’s love.
“Na naway kami ay matulad sa halimbawa na ipinakita ng Mahal na Ina sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit ‘di lang sa kanyang anak kundi sa kapwa na rin natin,” Fr. Zabala said.
“Tayo po sana bilang isang bayan with one mind and one heart manalangin at dumulog sa pamamagitan ng Mahal na Ina at sa pangangalaga ng ating Poong Jesus Nazareno na maganda ang taon na ito na 2017 para sa ating Pilipino at para sa mundo na napakaraming challenges ngayon na hinaharap dahil karamihan ng tao ngayon ang hindi na nagkakasundo-sundo. Harinawa, may pagkakataon para ipakita yung unity, pagmamalasakit, at pagmamahalan sa isa’t-isa at mapalaganap dahil ito naman ang mensahe ni Kristo: mahalin ninyo ang isa’t-isa tulad ng pagmamahal Ko sa inyo.”