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1. 11.01.10 12:25 AM PowerPoint by Emerito Feast of the Black
Nazarene QUIAPO MANILA
2. BLACK NAZARENE January 9
The feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9 is considered one
of the most spectacular religious events that take place in the
Every year thousands of devotees from all walks of life come to
the district of Quiapo to take part in the procession as a way of
strengthening their faith or fulfilling theirpanata(vow) to
The Black Nazarene is the patron saint of Quiapo, a small but
well-known part of Manila, a hub of trade and commerce because of
the Quiapo market and the many stores located there.
The life size image of the Black Nazarene shows a black Jesus
Christ carrying a cross. The statue has been housed at the Saint
John de Baptist Church in Quiapo, Manila also known as the Minor
Basilica of the Black Nazarene since 1787. The image of the Black
Nazarene is brought out in procession on its feast day and Good
The statue was brought to Manila by a Spanish priest in 1607
aboard a ship. The ship caught fire, burning the image and thus
came to be known as the Black Nazarene. Though the image was burnt,
the people decided to preserve and honor it. Since then, miraculous
things have been reported to those who touch the image.
The celebration starts as the huge door of Quiapo Church opens
and the image of the Black Nazarene is within sight. The ocean of
devotees start to yellViva Seorwhile some wave white towel high in
the air along with the scripture of the Black Nazarene.
The statue is placed in a gilded carriage for the procession.
As the procession starts, procession participants garbed in maroon
tops grab two long ropes and pull it to make the carriage move.
Many will attempt to touch the image while some throw their
handkerchiefs and towels in the air. People who join in the
procession walk barefooted as a sign of humility.
The devotion to the Black Nazarene is long time practice of the
Filipino Catholics and they believe that through their faith with
Jesus Christ, there will be peace and harmony among families, long
life and good health among people, deliverance from all calamities
and disasters, and prosperity, joy and love among nations.
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3. The devotion to Nuestro Padre Jess Nazareno has attracted an
even bigger following. Its popularity, which initially spread to
the northern and southern provinces of Luzon, spread over time
throughout the country.
4. The image survived the great fires that destroyed Quiapo
Church in 1791 and 1929, the great earthquakes of 1645 and 1863,
and the destructive bombing of Manila in 1945 during World War
5. The uniquely Filipino devotion to the Black Nazarene merited
the sanction and encouragement of two popes: Innocent X in 1650,
with a Papal Bull canonically establishing the Cofradia de Jess
Nazareno, and Pius VII in the 19th century, by granting indulgence
to those who piously pray before the image of the Black Nazarene of
6. The image is now enshrined in the minor basilica in Quiapo,
Manila, Philippines and the day on which devotees go to the church
9. Faith Healers perform healing rituals around the Quiapo
Church during the Feast
16. Catholic devotees believe that if you are able to touch or
wipe a handkerchief or small towel to the blessed wooden model of
the Black Nazarene or even just touch the rope that leads the Black
Nazarene, all your prayers will be answered.
18. During the feast of the Black Nazarene thousands of
barefoot men join the annual procession. Walking barefoot during
the procession is seen as a sign of humility.
19. Devotees prepare the rope to pull a statue of the Black
Nazarene during a procession in Manila January 9, 2010. Tens of
thousands of devotees thronged Manila to snatch a glimpse or try to
touch the centuries old black black statue of Jesus Christ at the
21. Devotees throw towels to the police who guard the statue
and ask them to rub the towel on the statue in hopes of carrying
some of that power away with them.
22. Devotees pray before the statue of the Black Nazarene is
pulled through the streets during a procession in Manila ,January
9. Tens of thousands of devotees thronged Manila to snatch a
glimpse or try to touch the centuries old black black statue of
Jesus Christ at the annual parade.
24. Hundreds will testify that when they devoted themselves to
this tradition, their prayers were answered. Some get healed, some
get to find work, some get money, almost all kinds of wishes and
hopes were believed to be fulfilled by God because of the wooden
statue that was brought here by Spaniards from Mexico.