The Black Nazarene (Poong Itim na Nazareno)
is a life-sized image of a dark-skinned,
kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the Cross
enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene
in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines.
The January 9 Procession
re-enacts the image's Traslación (Transfer) in 1787,
or "solemn transfer" to the Minor Basilica
from its original shrine inside Intramuros.
The Black Nazarene along with the Santo Niño (Holy Child Jesus),
is venerated by Filipino devotees every Friday
and is the most popular object of devotion in the Philippines.
Catholics in the Philippines believe the Black Nazarene is miraculous
and is able to heal diseases and sicknesses by touching it
that's why during the Procession,
you can see people eagerly clamber up the Andas
(wheeled platform where the Black Nazarene is carried),
touching parts of the Image with bare hands or cloths
especially the right shoulder
and even the rope to the side of the right shoulder.
The Procession is notoriously long lasting for hours and hours
and even up to 22 hours.
Joining the procession is a great sacrifice on the part of the devotees,
who are going to endure the heat, fatigue
and the risk of being trampled upon by other devotees.
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