(Photo: Abante.com.ph/Jonas Sulit)

The centuries-old Black Nazarene was returned to the Basilica Minore in Quiapo, at 3:43 a.m. on Tuesday, after a 22-hour procession, which began at the Quirino Grandstand early morning on Monday.

This year’s Traslacion left the Quirino Grandstand at 5:20 a.m. on Monday (January 9), and covered a 6.9-kilometer route, which involved 25 streets, mostly in the vicinity of the basilica located along Quezon Boulevard in the capital city of Manila, and ends at the Quiapo Church.

Catholic devotees climb the carriage to touch the image of the Black Nazarene. (Image via: CNN Philippines)

The procession took 22 hours, about an hour longer than last year’s. It took place despite fears of a possible terror attack, as more than a million devotees joined the religious event.

Devotees carried the Black Nazarene to celebrate its feast day, Jan. 9 (Image via: CNN Philippines)

The annual Traslacion of the Black Nazarene, which commemorates the first parade transferring the revered icon of Jesus Christ from a church in Intramuros to the Quiapo Church on Jan. 9, 1767, is one of the world’s biggest displays of Catholic devotion and showcases the Philippines’ status as the Church’s bastion in Asia.

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