Every January 9 the original life-size image of the Black Nazarene is taken on procession in Quiapo, Manila. Thousands of men come barefooted to this fiesta as a sign of humility!
Thousands try to touch the image in hopes that miracles and cures will occur. This custom has been carried out for over 200 years since its housing at Saint John the Baptist Church in Quiapo in 1787. In this context, many come with firm hope in their faith in the suffering Christ who suffers with them.
I may never find myself in the midst of such a beautiful filipino tradition, but perhaps this video catches all the sentiments of filipino faith.
FEAST OF BLACK NAZARENE (QUIAPO, MANILA)…FACES OF DEVOTION….PROCESSION DAY, JANUARY 7, 2016
The feast day of the Black Nazarene, patron of the Quiapo district of Manila is celebrated every 9th of January but it is preceded by activities such as the unannounced transfer of the relic to the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta for the ritual kissing on the 8th, the procession on the 7th around Quiapo area, and finally, the return or “translacion”, of the relic to the Quiapo Basilica Basilica Minore on the 9th, early in the morning after the Mass. As soon as the relic has been transferred to the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, devotees stage vigils until the day of the Nazarene’s return to Quiapo Basilica Minore. On those days, the whole Luneta park is practically jampacked with strollers and devotees.
The Black Nazarene has millions of devotees throughout the country, from Luzon to Mindanao but the nucleus of devotion is at Quiapo. Among the rituals during the procession is the wiping of any part of the relic with a face towel or handkerchief. For this, not only is the real Quiapo Black Nazarene wiped, but other relics that are part of the procession. On hand to do the wiping for the devotees are members of contingents that own the relic that catches their fancy, who are posted beside it, and to whom devotees throw their towels. The following photos were taken prior to the procession.