MANHATTAN, New York, Jan. 7, 2016— Celebrating the feast of Jesus, the Black Nazarene, right after Christmas may have disrupted the festive mood of the Advent season but it is also a timely reminder that “Jesus was born to die,” says a priest.
In a solemn High Mass celebrated last Sunday to mark the feast day of the Black Nazarene, Fr. Adolfo Novio reminded Filipino devotees that Christ’s death is as important as his birth for Christian’s salvation history.
“The star of Bethlehem, which pointed us to God’s manifestation in the manger also points us to the very core of Christ’s mission on Earth and the basis of our salvation history, his carrying of the heavy cross,” said the priest in his homily.
Filipino immigrants and overseas workers gathered at the Our Lady of Pompeii Church in the West Village to celebrate ahead of the Jan. 9 feast day.
Devotees carried in procession a small image of the Black Nazarene around the West Village in downtown Manhattan.
The novena to the Black Nazarene is regularly prayed before the 3 p.m. Tagalog Mass at Our Lady of Pompeii Church every Sunday. There is also a regular novena every Friday at the Filipino-run San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel, also in downtown Manhattan. (Kris Bayos / CBCPNews)