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    Posted January 14, 2014 by
    Sergiom
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    The Feast Of The Black Nazarene In The City Of Manila

     
    January 9 marked the Fest of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church, Manila. The image of the Black Nazarene is said to be miraculous. Many devotees of the said image had testified about how the image changed their lives or cured their sicknesses. Some rich devotees also said that they were blessed by the said image because their businesses or professions became prosperous. The devotees of the said image usually converge on January 9 to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. On that day the devotees will parade the said image together with some replicas and will attempt to climb the carriage that is carrying the said image. Climbing the carriage would mean either kissing the image or wiping the face of the image with a towel. The towel that was wiped on the face of the image during the said feast would supposedly bring blessings to the devotee or cure the devotee’s ailment(s). That’s why millions of devotees from all over the Philippines line up on the streets of Manila to witness the procession of the Black Nazarene every January 9.

    The procession of the said image last January 9 of this year 2014 lasted for about 18 hours. Some say that the procession lasted for more than 19 hours. The devotees showed incredible faith and stamina all throughout the duration of the Black Nazarene’s procession. The Guinness Book of World Records can choose such procession as the largest one this year when it comes to the number of participants. I think the determination to overcome obstacles in order to parade, see or kiss the image of the Black Nazarene, which had been shown by the devotees of the Black Nazarene, is a clear proof that Filipinos can rise up from any gigantic disaster and recover fast because of strong faith and courage.

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