400T turn up for Traslacion

THE annual procession that brings the images of the Sto. Nino and Our Lady of Guadalupe to the National Shine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City highlights the importance of the family as a key component of the church, an official said yesterday.

A large crowd of families, estimated at 400,000 by the police, turned up in Mandaue City alone to welcome the images’ arrival.

“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 yesterday at the Basilica del Sto. Niño, where the procession started.

“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. (more)

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