Devotees in procession together with the Señor Santo Niño image at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour.

By Margaret Uy

It was an afternoon of colour, dance and devotion at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour as 2,800 mainly Filipino devotees along with a few local parishioners celebrated the Festivity of Señor Santo Niño.

Señor Santo Niño is the Spanish name given to the Child Jesus based on a famous religious icon in Cebu, Philippines. A cultural and religious festival is held in His honour on the third Sunday of January.

In Singapore, the festivity took place a week later with a Pilgrim Image of Señor Santo Niño flown in from Cebu.

During the celebration at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church on Jan 28, the image was carried in procession, leading a colourful street parade called the Sinulog, a ritual dance offering to the beat of drums in honour of the Child Jesus.

Following the Sinulog dancers were other devotees carrying with them replicas of the image and chanting “Viva Señor Santo Niño! Viva Señor Santo Niño!” a Spanish phrase exalting the Child Jesus.

Dancers during the Jan 28 celebration.

The parade took place after a special Mass was celebrated by Fr Charlie Oasan from the parish, French priest Fr David Francesco, and a contingent of Filipino priests who had flown in from the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino Cebu, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines.

A procession was also held the previous evening with the image of the Señor Santo Niño, with devotees praying the rosary.

This was the fourth year that the parish has held this festive celebration.

Another dancer holds a replica of the  Señor Santo Niño image.

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