By Anna Leah Gonzales

FEAST OF BLACK NAZARENE. Devotees of the Black Nazarene are expected to join the Traslacion on Tuesday (Jan. 9, 2024). President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said the Feast of the Black Nazarene is a celebration of the Almighty’s enduring mercy and boundless love bestowed upon everyone. (PNA file photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday joined the Catholic faithful in celebrating the Feast of the Black Nazarene and urged Filipinos to discover their inner strength and new sense of hope and purpose through the said occasion.

“Beyond the extraordinary expressions of reverence that we see on display during this event, the festivities show us the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ who willingly offered Himself to make us whole once more,” Marcos said.

Marcos said the Feast of the Black Nazarene is a celebration of the Almighty’s enduring mercy and boundless love bestowed upon everyone.

He also urged the faithful to be reminded of the virtue of embracing one’s suffering for it is during moments of hardship that one is allowed to undergo renewal and spiritual transformation.

“By working through our struggles and difficulties, we discover our inner strength and resolve, emerging from the pits of darkness and despair with a renewed sense of hope and purpose,” he said.

The President also urged the faithful to deepen their connection with God and become instruments of peace, unity, and compassion for the Filipinos and the country.

“With our faith guiding our every word and deed, I am certain that we will build a brighter future for our nation and create a world where love, kindness, and harmony reign supreme,” Marcos said. (PNA)