Church & Society

Filipino piety in annual Black Nazarene feast January 07, 2019

The Black Nazarene is a life-size image of a dark-skinned, kneeling Jesus Christ carrying the cross enshrined inside the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Manila's Quiapo district.

Every year, on Jan. 9, millions of devotees join a procession to re-enact the 1787 transfer, or traslacion, of the image to the church in Quiapo from its original shrine inside the old city of Manila.

The annual religious event is the largest procession in the country, drawing millions of devotees thronging to touch the icon and lasting 20 hours at the most.

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