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    Feast of the Black Nazarene


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sunsetlady shot these photos on January 7 of Filipino Catholics preparing for the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene in Manila. She says that the celebrators 'attend the feast and join the procession yearly because of their faith and indulgence. This religious tradition is a unique Filipino tradition, and devotees grow because of faith that their petitions are granted.'
    - jmsaba, CNN iReport producer

    The feast of the Black Nazarene, a unique and one of the biggest Catholic traditions in the Philippines will be celebrated on January 9.

    A procession of the Black Nazarene owned by different organizations around the country is held this afternoon.

    The big celebration of the feast on Monday starts with a Holy Mass at 6:00 AM. It will be followed by the procession of the Black Nazarene from Luneta to Quiapo.

    The image of the Black Nazarene is placed in a carriage during the procession. Devotees hold two long ropes and pull them to move the carriage. They walk barefoot, as an imitation of Jesus Christ on His way to Mt. Calgary. They wear maroon - a color associated with the color of the Black Nazarene.

    Devotees believe that wiping a piece of cloth or touching the image can bring miracles, cure illnesses and obtain plenary indulgence from sins.

    The Black Nazarene in Quaipo Church was brought to the Philippines by the Augustinian Missionaries on May 31, 1606 on board a galleon from Acapulco, Mexico. The galleon caught fire, burning the image of the Nazarene. The dark complexion of the Nazarene was attributed to the fire on the ship.

    Yearly, millions of devotees join the procession. Devotees are given reminders to observe a safety and peaceful celebration of this unique Catholic tradition.

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