Feast Of the Black Nazarene.

I wrote this blog for the love of my life. I wanted to show her that I am trying to learn more about her culture and her country.

Since my wife Nida is from the Philippines I wanted to know more about the feast of the Black Nazarene. I did some researching and was able to find so very interesting information.

Feast of the Black Nazarene takes place in the Philippines on the 9th of January to celebrate the end of the Christmas season.

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The Black Nazarene is a life sized, dark skinned statue of Jesus Christ. The statue was bought by a priest in Mexico in the time of the Galleon Trade. The statue was brought to Manila by the first group of Augustinian Recollect friars in 1606. The statue was inaugurated on 10 September 1606 and placed under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist.

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In 1608, the second bigger Recollect church dedicated to San Nicolas de Tolentino was completed inside and the statue was transferred there. The recollect Father then vigorously promoted devotion to he Suffering of  Our Lord represented by the statue that after 15 short years, the Cofradia de Jesús Nazareno was established on April 21. The confraternity obtained the Papal approval on 20 April 1650 form his Holiness Pope Innocent X.

Sometime in 1787, the Archbishop of Manila, Basilio Sancho de Santas Junta y Rufina, ordered the transfer of the image of the Nazareno to the church in Quiapo, again placed under the patronage of Saint John the Baptist.

The statue has survived the fires that destroyed Quiapo Church in 1791 and 1929. It has also survived the earthquakes of 1645 and 1863, and the destructive bombing of Manila in World War II. Because of it ability to survive destruction many Filipino people believe in it healing power.

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For more than 200 years, the statue has been placed on a gilded carriage every January and is pulled through the streets of Quiapo by male devotees dressed in maroon. People who touch the Nazarene are reported to sometimes be healed of diseases. Catholics come from all over Manila hoping for the chance to get close enough to touch the image and perhaps receive a miracle. They also throw towels to the people guarding the statue and ask them to rub the towel on the statue in hopes of carrying some of that miraculous power away with them.

In 1998, however, a replica of the original Black Nazarene was first paraded due to the repeated damages inflicted on the statue. Today, the head and the cross stays on the Altar Mayor of the Minor Basilica, and the original body image of the Black Nazarene is used in the processions. Other, even smaller replica can be found in other churches.

Today, despite the rough-and-tumble that usually accompanies the thrice-yearly procession of the image, the Filipino people’s devotion to God in the special appellation of Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno continues to flourish and shows no sign of waning–death, wounds, bodily pains and physical discomfort notwithstanding.


One of the best parts of spending 20 years in the navy was being able to travel and visit the Philippines. Now that I am retired from the Navy  and getting closer to retirement age I plan on traveling and living in the Philippines.

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