Filipinos’ faith in Santo Niño prevails amid COVID-19, super typhoon

A super typhoon might have destroyed the gains in terms of economy and well-being of Filipinos amid the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but their deep devotion to Santo Niño, or the Child Jesus, and their tenacity to face all forms of adversities, have motivated them to move forward and be more resilient against crises.

Jan 14, 2022

Devotees of the Child Jesus raise images of the Santo Niño in the central Philippine province of Cebu during the annual feast in 2018. (File photo by Victor Kintanar)


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A super typhoon might have destroyed the gains in terms of economy and well-being of Filipinos amid the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but their deep devotion to Santo Niño, or the Child Jesus, and their tenacity to face all forms of adversities, have motivated them to move forward and be more resilient against crises.

Archbishop Jose Palma, of the Archdiocese of Cebu in the central Philippines, urged devotees of the Santo Niño to mark his “feast” on Sunday, January 16, with prayers for recovery from the pandemic and from the devastation brought about by super typhoon “Odette (Rai)” last month.

“Let us continue to support one another on our road to recovery from typhoon ‘Odette’ and COVID-19, with God’s grace,” said the prelate in a radio interview on January 12.

“Thank you for your devotion. Let us trust God despite [the pandemic],” he said, adding that the devotion of the faithful may inspire everyone to work together on the road to recovery.

This year, there will be no face-to-face Masses, no street dancing, no traditional performances during the celebration.

City and Church officials earlier announced that “virtual live activities” will instead showcase interviews and videos of the “Sinulog,” the traditional dance performance in honour of the Child Jesus.

At the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, only priests, acolytes, lectors, choir members, and church personnel are allowed inside the church during the celebration of the Masses.

Devotees were encouraged to join the novena and feast day Masses through the official Facebook page of the basilica and the social media accounts of various media outlets. -- licasnews.com

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