January 9 is the Feast of the Black Nazarene, one of the most popular religious celebrations across the Philippine archipelago. On this day thousands of people join the celebrations in Quiapo in Manila and in Cagayan de Oro City, where the replica of the original statue is.
As in the last year, due to the pandemic COVID-19, also this year the activities and celebrations of this feast were very much reduced. The famous procession called Traslacion was either called off or simplified. In Cagayan de Oro for example, instead of a procession, the image of the Black Nazarene was brought out of the Nazareno Church and was paraded through a motorcade around the city to prevent people from crowding the streets and thus spreading the virus. The religious activity started on January 9, 2022, at 3 am when most people were still asleep.
Black Nazarene is also the patron saint of the Chaplaincy in Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, administered by the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SCJ). The feast, which also is celebrated on January 9, was preceded by a 9-day novena as a spiritual preparation for the celebration. On January 7 & 8, 2022, hundreds of young people received the sacrament of confirmation, which was administered in four different places in the Chaplaincy.
The Patronal Feast was presided by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, Most Rev. José A. Cabantan, DD.
The celebration which started at 6:30 AM was attended by faithful from different chapels of the chaplaincy and was concluded with a common meal.
According to the witnesses, this celebration was more alive than ever.