MANILA, Philippines – The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene known as Quiapo Church has launched the official logo and theme of Traslacion 2023.
The launch is the first step of preparation in connection with the annual festival every January 9 which is thronged by millions of devotees from different parts of the country.
Church-run Radio Veritas reported on Monday that the theme of the 2023 celebration is ‘Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and do it’ based on the gospel of Saint Luke chapter 11, verse 28 in the New Testament of the Bible.
The Quiapo Church led by Fr. Rufino Sescon, said that the logo for Traslacion 2023 is inspired by the continuous approach of devotees and believers to the church, especially in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
It added that the cross is a sign of people’s salvation while the maroon color is derived from the Holy Nazarene’s dress and the orange color is a symbol of light at night.
The church bell is a symbol of calling the faithful to unite in prayer.
The logo of Traslacion 2023 also features the symbol of the synod and the rosary in solidarity with the preparation of the church for the Synod on Bishops in October 2023 and the ongoing journey of the church in the synodal consultations of the dioceses
As the country of the Pueblo Amante de Maria, the Holy Rosary was featured because through prayer, the Blessed Virgin bound the people to the path of Jesus.
Quiapo Church mentioned that traslacion is a way of synod or collective journey as believers of Christ from different levels of the community.
Meanwhile, the face of the Black Nazarene symbolizes the light of hope despite the challenges that the world continues to face with the threat of pandemic, violence, poverty, and hunger, Jesus remained the face of hope and comfort .
Due to the pandemic, the Traslacion or the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene from Quirino Grandstand to Quiapo Church on Quezon Boulevard, Manila has been suspended for the past two years.
The last procession was held in January 2020. The basilica has not yet announced whether there will be a celebration procession next year. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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