Samar’s Nazareno Shrine blesses new adoration chapel
CATARMAN, Northern Samar – The Shrine of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno of the Diocese of Catarman, located in Brgy. Cawayan of this town, blessed on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 18, its newly-built adoration chapel.
A place of encounter
“This is really our desire to make it truly a place of encounter,” said shrine administrator Fr. Rico Manook in an interview with CBCPNews. “Faithful seeking for a place of silence and encounter with the Lord may come and visit Him.”
The priest added that in the newly-blessed chapel the Blessed Sacrament is perpetually exposed for the faithful to “experience the friendship of Jesus.”
Manook also acknowledged the intensity of Black Nazarene devotees’ piety as seen in the high number of attendance that has doubled each year.
Inaugurated as the St. Rock the Healer Mission Center, it was solemnly blessed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in 2016, elevating its status as one of the few churches in the country chosen to house the sacred relic from Quiapo.
A synchronized Mass and annual celebration of the Traslacion have also been held since 2015. The shrine is located along the highway going to the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP).
It was in UEP where a fundraising concert for the church was held in 2011 by the Christ the King College Youth Symphony Orchestra, which also performed at Pope Francis’ Mass in Luneta in 2015.
He also reported that ever since the church had been chosen to house the sacred replica, its construction, starting from its ground-breaking, hastened, reaching completion in only five years. CBCPNews