Posted by: buntuan72 | January 16, 2010

Solemn Procession

Solemn Procession - January 16, 2010

Every third Saturday of January, a solemn procession is held in the streets of Cebu to commemorate the coming of Christianity to this side of the world. The route of this year’s procession was longer compared to last year. And judging from the crowd itself, the number of of faithful who joined the event most likely passed the one millionth mark.

Virgin Mary

The procession started at around 1:00 PM and from my vantage point along the route, the front part of the procession passed by at around 1:20. Led by the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic faithful in the City of Cebu showed their undying faith to the Christ Child who has become the source of hope and love for the Cebuanos. Students, nurses, government officials, and ordinary people joined the procession that lasted for several hours. The slight drizzle did not dampen the spirits of the people.

Ever since I started to witness the event a couple of year ago, I noticed that there is always a slight drizzle during the procession. It seemed to show that heaven is showering its blessings to the people who have remained steadfast in the faith to the Sto. Niňo.

Sto. Niňo

As the procession moved on, the crowd simply got thicker and thicker. And as the image of the Sto. Niňo passed by, people started waving as if trying to call out the Christ Child, thanking him for the blessings that he shared with them. The image of the Sto. Niňo was escorted not only by the authorities but civilian volunteers as well. The solemn procession is the religious aspect of the celebration at this time of the year in the City of Cebu.

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