Feast of the Black Nazarene

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Blog, Events, Travel
Tags: , , , , ,

Feast of the Black Nazarene

Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno or better known as The Black Nazarene, is a life sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ held to be miraculous by many Filipino Devotees. Its original carver is an anonymous Mexican carpenter, and the image was transported to the Philippines by a galleon from Acapulco, Mexico. The image is currently enshrined in The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila where novena celebrations are held every Friday throughout the whole year. Roman Catholic tradition holds that the Black Nazarene came from a boat that caught fire, turning it from its original white to black or charred complexion. The Black Nazarene is carried into the streets for procession in a “CAROZA” or carriage.

The Feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene is celebrated every 9th of every January while novena masses begin on the first Friday of the year, in honor of its weekly novena masses held every Friday. During the annual public procession, only the body of the Black Nazarene is displayed in the procession to the public, while the original head portion pf the statue is retained in the basilica of the Black Nazarene within the high altars of the church.

During the Feast of the Black Nazarene, thousands of barefooted men join the annual procession. Walking barefoot during the procession is seen as a sign of humility. During this procession the men yell “VIVA SEÑOR”.

Everyone in the neighborhood or near the cross tries to touch the statue believing that a miracle can happen after touching it.

The Black Nazarene is a 200-year-old statue brought by a priest from Mexico to Manila is 1606. Despite the charred condition, the Nazarene was kept safe and honored from then on.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s