The Black Nazarene prepares to enter the Quiapo Church after a 22-hour procession to mark its feast day in Manila, Philippines on 10 January 2018 Photo: Mark R Cristino/EPA

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Thousands of Philippine Catholics flood the streets for the Black Nazarene procession

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: January 10, 2018 | Current Affairs

The 22-hour procession of the Black Nazarene in the Philippines brings hundreds of thousands of worshippers to the streets, many of whom attempt to kiss or touch the statue

This week in the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of Catholic devotees took to the streets to take part in the annual procession of the Black Nazarene, an ebony statute of Jesus Christ that is said to have arrived in the country from Mexico back in 1606.

A woman uses her mobile phone to take pictures during the procession of the Black Nazarene to mark its feast day Photo: Mark R Cristino/EPA

Worshippers will walk through the streets – oftentimes barefoot – while following the statue’s route for up to 22 hours. They will also sometimes try to touch the life-sized embodiment of Christ, either with their hands or with a piece of cloth, as it is believed to possess miraculous powers.

A young Catholic devotee wearing a headband that says ‘Quiapo kids’ during the procession of the Black Nazarene Photo: Mark R. Cristino/EPA

There are three occasions throughout the year where the Black Nazarene is removed from its home in Quiapo Church.

Catholic devotees flail white towels during a procession of The Black Nazarene in Manila, Philippines on 9 January 2018 Photo: Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

This specific procession, known as the Translación, takes place on 9 January and attracts the largest crowds.

These crowds have been known to be somewhat dangerous for worshippers who will sometimes risk limbs, or even their life, to get a closer look at the carriage that carries the centuries-old statue with apparent healing powers.

Catholic devotees rest on a road during the procession of the Black Nazarene Photo: Mark R Cristino/EPA

Devotees will dress in maroon clothing for the festival and will also walk barefoot alongside the carriage, done as an act of penance for Jesus who is believed to have walked barefoot to his own crucifixion.

Catholic devotees pushed and shoved during the procession in attempts to touch the Black Nazarene, a centuries-old statue of a suffering Jesus Christ Photo: Mark R Cristino/EPA
The life-size wooden statue was said to have been brought to the country by a Spanish priest from Mexico in 1606 Photo: Francis R Malasig/EPA

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