1st Friday of the month means Quiapo Day
Yesterday was the first day for the month of April and I know everyone knows about the prank and the all the crazy tricks everyone does on the first day of the month of April. In fact even here in read and noise platform I have encountered articles that almost got me, same with my noise account where few users have posted their April fool's day post. While everyone was busy with having fun in connection with that special event, my husband asked me to come with him to Quiapo Church since it was the first Friday of the month. He was a silent Black Nazarene devotee because according to him, he spent his every Friday at Quiapo church before he became a seafarer. He completed a novena prayer and his prayer request was answered by the Black Nazarene that is why whenever he is back home, he makes sure to visit the church during Friday.
I actually don't know the reason why devotees gathered on this church every Friday, I guess they got used to it, same with Baclaran Church where devotees also visits every Wednesday. Nevertheless I am in awe everytime I saw the devotees in both churches. We can never really questioned the faith these devotees have.
Yesterday afternoon right after our lunch, my husband asked everyone in the house to prepare for we are going out, however I was a little busy printing the modules of my kid that I have forgotten to get at the school. Right after printing it, I started to prepare myself along with the kids, while hubby was busy preparing and cleaning the car. After a while, when we were all done, we started to travel however the rain started to pour. I knew that it would rain, but then I forgot to bring the umbrella with us. We dropped by at QC to my brother in law residence, because they wanted to go with us. Due to misunderstanding in the group chat, only Jojo came along with us. We left when the rain has stopped.
There was a slight congestion going to Quiapo and that was actually expected, also it was already rush hour when we left. We arrived by 630 in the evening and I was surprised to see a lot of people attending the mass at the church it was like there was no more covid in the area. We joined the sea of people and waited a little bit longer for the mass to be done. When the 6 pm mass was done, we move forward waiting for the 7 pm mass. In all fairness, it only looks crowdy but social distancing was still implemented inside the church. The mass began, and on the middle of the mass, the people started getting inside, unfortunately the rain started to pour again, so the church staffs let them in. I am glad, when the mass ended the rain has stopped too.
It was my first mass attended in two years at Quiapo church. The last time we went there, we weren't able to attend the mass because it was already late. After the mass was ended, market time! Well there's a market near the church and the vegetables and other goods offers the best price. After 30 minutes of walking from here to there we finally went home. We decided to eat at my brother in law's house and our travel time from Quiapo to North Fairview QC only takes 30 minutes, thank God there was no traffic because we were all starving that time. We bought lechon manok and while on our way home, Jojo called his youngest brother to cook rice so that by the time we got home, we can eat right away and that's exactly what happened.
We stayed there for a bit longer as Anthony, my husband bonded with his brother. I had already mentioned that 3 of his brother were living in the same village so whenever we go there, I already expect it that our stay will take longer.
We got home at around past midnight and its okay because it was already weekend means no online class for the kids the next morning. I updated my noise account and eventually replied to some comments in my articles.
So that is how my first day of the month goes. The first quarter of the year is done and yeah life is getting harder as it goes by but we should always stay positive and keep our faith with the Lord because at the end of the day, He is the one that we could always rely on and definitely could answer all our prayers. And whenever you felt afraid, always remember this "Do not fear, for I am with you - Isaiah 41:10"
All images used were mine.