At dawn of Friday, the Fiesta Señor 2018 concluded with the annual “Hubo” mass celebrated by the rector of Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Rev. Fr. Pacifico “Jun” Nohara Jr, OSA.
The Hubo—undressing of the Sto. Niño image—means to replace the image’s fiesta clothes into simpler garments.
It started with the removal of the crown, then the orb, scepter, armlet, the bands, cape, tunic, inner garments, and boots.
Rev. Fr. Nohara said, “The Hubo is not merely a ceremony of divesting the image of his fiesta vestments. Rather, it also reminds us to strip ourselves of the robes of sin especially pride, self-centeredness, hatred, corruption, and indifference.”
The image used during the ritual was a replica of the original Sto. Niño.
More than 4,000 devotees were present during the celebration wherein most were bringing their own image of the Holy Child.
“The Snr. Sto. Niño serves as our inspiration in doing our missionary tasks. Let us humbly offer to Him our prayers so that we may be strong in faith and become true witnesses of God,” Rev. Fr. Nohara added.
Though the Fiesta Señor ended, Rev. Fr. Nohara reminded the people of their mission of propagating the faith, the mission to proclaim the good news, and that we should remain a good example of a true devotee inspired by the Holy Child, Snr. Sto. Niño not only in words but most importantly in what we do.
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