Feast of the Black Nazarene is one of the most popular religious celebrations in the Philippines. Every January 9 thousands of people join the celebrations in Quiapo in Manila and in Cagayan de Oro City, where the replica of the original statue is. This year only around 5 million joined the procession of Black Nazarene in Manila and 120 thousand in Cagayan de Oro.
Black Nazarene is also the patron saint of the Chaplaincy in Dansolihon administered by the SCJs. The feast, which also is celebrated on January 9, was preceded with 9-day novena as a spiritual preparation for the main celebration. Each day, there was a special Novena Mass, celebrated by different priest, and procession with the little statue of Black Nazarene around the village of Dansolihon. The Masses due to increased attendance were held outside the chapel, which could not contain all the faithful.
The main celebration on January 9, 2015, due to the heavy rain, had to be celebrated inside the chapel. The main celebrant was the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Most Rev. Antonio J. Ledesma, SJ,DD. The Archbishop was accompanied by a number of SCJs, who just finished their annual assembly. Maybe, the number of people attending the celebration was not as big as in Quiapo or even in Cagayan de Oro, but surely it was proportional. The celebration besides the rain was nice and well prepared. Viva Señor Jesus Nazareno!