FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is the Nazareno black?
Monsignor Sabino A. Vengco, Jr. from Loyola School of Theology meanwhile noted that the image was not charred but in fact dark through to its core, as it was carved from mesquite wood. Vengco based this claim on personal research in Mexico, where he said the wood was a popular medium in the period the statue was carved, and likened it to Our Lady of Antipolo, of similar provenance and appearance.
De Guzman, Odi (8 January 2015). “Black or white: The Nazarene and the Pinoy devotion”. GMA News Online. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
There was also a time in Europe when statues of Jesus were colored Black. The message being conveyed by this practice was to manifest the truth conveyed by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians that Christ Jesus, “though He was in the form of God did not deem equality with God something to be grasped, but rather took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men..” Those days, slaves were dark colored. Christ Jesus teaches us the virtue of humility and his compassion reaches out to the lowliest of peoples. This practice of portraying black images of Christ can also be seen in the Black Christ of Portobelo in Panama.
When are confessions available?
Confessions are available Monday to Saturday, from 6 AM to 9 PM.
Are there weddings in Quiapo Church?
Yes! You may inquire for schedule at the Parish Records Office or the Parish Office cashier window.
Where can we get copies of the Novena of Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno?
Novenas are readily sold around the Church of Quiapo or through the Parish Office.
Who wrote the hymn Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno?
The hymn Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno was composed by the late National Artist Lucio San Pedro.
What is minor basilica?
Minor basilica is a title given to some Roman Catholic church buildings. According to canon law, no church building can be honoured with the title of basilica unless by apostolic grant or from immemorial custom. Presently, the authorising decree is granted by the Pope through the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.