FEATURE: Ina’s fluvial procession

The “Sakay” is the enactment of the mutual care between the Church and her disciples. From repentance during the Traslacion, the sakay becomes a celebration of victory from sin and selfishness, of love and care of our community and Mother Earth.

The “Sakay”  is the bringing back of the image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia from the Cathedral to the present Basilica via Naga River. Not all can join the sakay. However the majority participate by meditatively watching the procession, praying for ourselves, our family, our community, our country and the whole world.


2:30 p.m. – Recitation of the Novena

3:00 p.m. – Procession Starts

4:00 p.m. – Arrival at the Dagsaan

Singing of the Salve and Shower of Flowers

5:00 p.m. – Fluvial Begins

6:00 p.m. – Arrival at the Basilica

Eucharistic Celebration

Note: At the Dalhugan, a ceremony shall be held to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has been told that long before, before the fluvial procession begin at Tabuco Bridge, the Image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia being boarding the Pagoda are given a tribute of prayers, and praises. Little children would shower flowers upon her and sing Marians songs. Then after which the singing of the Salve Regina commence. Immediately after this rite honoring the Virgin Mary, the Image is placed at the Pagoda and Procession begin amidst the shouting of VIVA LA VIRGEN”

There will be floral offerings to be done by children and the singing of the Salve.

Along the route of the traslacion procession are seven prayer stations. Processions are reminders that people are on a journey while in this world. The Tercentenary Committee explained that Vatican II documents declare that we are a people on a journey of faith – from this world to the next world. It is a journey of return to our Creator. It is a pilgrimage. Our Christian heritage of the past that one of the features of the pilgrimage is the presence of Prayer station where people stop for a while to pray and to do some reflections about the events in the history of salvation in connection his personal life. It is in consonance with this concept that Prayer Station is being introduced in our religious practices and devotion to Ina. Hence the purpose of this prayer station is to remind people that we are on a journey of faith. It is also a help so that the procession would truly be permeated with a prayerful atmosphere as opposed to the mentality that procession is something to be watched like a parade.

There will be a uniform tarpaulin for the seven stations under the charge of different schools in the City of Naga: at Station I under the charge of Naga College Foundation, Station II under the Trade School; Station III, under the Camarines sur National High School; Station IV, under the Universidad de Sta. Isabel; Station V, under the University of Nueva Caceres; Station VI, under the Ateneo de Naga University; Station VII, under the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges.

Schools within the city have been requested to take charge of the Station.

Prayer leaflet shall be distributed so as to encourage more participation.

As the procession reaches a station, the images make a stop for a short prayer. For the andas to fully stop, a break system has been added to structure of the andas.


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