400,000 meet Sto. Nino procession from Cebu City to Mandaue City

January 15, 2011 11:04 am 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 15 – Some 400,000 people gathered in Mandaue City Thursday to greet the arrival of the annual procession that brought the images of the Sto. Nino and Our Lady of Guadalupe to the National Shine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City, police said.

A Church official said the procession highlights the importance of the family as a key component of the church.

“It is in the family that we see the face of God, so we should not cut family ties,” said Msgr. Cristobal Garcia in his homily during the Misa de Traslacion at the Basilica del Sto. Niño, where the procession started. <P>“At the Traslacion, we express our gratitude to God for his gift of family. The images of the mother and the child Jesus will be reunited with St. Joseph, the head of the family,” he said.

Garcia, who is also the Archdiocesan Commission on Worship chairman, explained that because the family is the basic faith component of the church, its members should “help each other and lead each other to Jesus.”

“We should also forgive each other, even if sometimes this is difficult to do and sometimes it is easy. But it is never impossible to forgive family members,” he said.

After the Mass, Garcia led a motorcade procession where the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Ecce Homo or the bust of the suffering Christ and the Sto. Niño were brought to Mandaue City.

The activity also signals the start of the Triduum celebration at the Basilica del Sto. Niño.

Early Saturday morning, newly-installed Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma joined the fluvial procession that brought the Sto. Niño image from the Ouano wharf in Mandaue City to the Cebu City port area and back to the Basilica, in time for the reenactment of the first baptism in the country.

A seven-kilometer foot procession follows Saturday afternoon, which will start and end at the Basilica as well. (PNA) scs/EB/re


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