Black Nazarene procession starts as devotees swell to 500,000

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MANILA, Philippines — The procession of the Black Nazarene to Quiapo Church in Manila has started, nearly two hours after the 6 a.m. mass officiated by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle at the Quirino Grandstand Wednesday.

Barefoot devotees clad in maroon shirts, waving handkerchiefs in the air, shouted “viva” as the mass drew to a close and the life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ was brought down from the stage.

The crowd of 160,000 early in the day ballooned to some 500,000 according to police deployed in the area.

Devotees, as part of their “panata” or vow, will carry the Black Nazarene from Rizal Park to Quiapo Church. Considered miraculous by many Catholics, the statue will pass through an elaborate route through the city of Manila.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4C2SFYIH52Y2KR7QPZPHJO2XQQ sl1

    I respect the belief of everybody but this type of tradition must be stopped as this does nothing good but to hurt devotees along the way. I don’t think God will be pleased with this type of devotion, why not just help our less fortunate Filipinos and the gov’t do a better job for our country. Doing pleasant things will please God but not this type of procession, the church must do something to correct this tradition  unless the church wanted this tradition to continue for her own benefits thus inviting tragic accident to happen in the near future.

    • batangpaslit

      wise commentary

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMETJPLQYHRUZTKIADETEYTGXE Mario

      Tough luck ! and too little, too late. This motherhood statement had been repeated a million times since time immemorial.

  • Magsasaka

     ang pagiging panatiko ay nakakapatay at nakakamatay, remember pagoda tragedy at colgante bridge tragedy

    • batangpaslit

      pagoda procession, from a biblical point of view, is demonic worship.

      • Magsasaka


      • BLITZKRIEG166

        ETO PA 2 TADO AT OGAG……

      • Magsasaka

        mas ogag ang mga taong katulad mo, mga taong nangamatay sa pagoda tragedy sa naga na kahit overloaded na ay itinuloy nila ang okasyon sa paniniwalang hindi sila lulubog, para sa iyong kaalaman ang mga ogag na katulad mo defied all logic and reasoning.

      • marionics

        di ba sa bocaue yung pagoda tragedy?

      • Magsasaka

        oo sa bocaue pagoda yon yong sa colgante bridge sa naga overloading din dahil sa fanaticism

      • marionics

        aaaaah yung sa naga e 1972 pa nangyari. yung sa bocaue lang yung naabutan ko pre he he. but i get your meaning.

  • Platypus09

    Catholicism rules, no matter what..

    • batangpaslit

      is Catholicism synonymous to belief in the Person of Jesus Christ
      Catholicism is identified to teachings contrary to the Scriptures?

  • xrisp

    Doon na lang po natin tingnan sa hangganan naghahati sa tao sa pananaw ng Diyos ang ating kapwa: ang taong marunong magmahal at ang taong di-marunong magmahal. Ang paghuhusga sa kapwa na hindi naman po natin batid ang kanilang kalooban ay hindi po naaayon sa larangan ng pagmamahal.

    • batangpaslit

      hayaan natin ang Banal na Aklat ang maghusga sa ating pananampalataya at gawa kung tama o hindi kung sangayon sa nasulat

      ang tunay na pagmamahal ay nagtuturo sa tamang landas kung paano mag bigay pugay sa tunay na buhay na DIOS ng sanlibutan

      • xrisp

        Ang tunay na pagmamahal ay walang galit na ipinapadama sa kanyang kapatid. The Bible is not only meant for information but most importantly for one’s transformation. Batid ba natin ang nasa kalooban ng mga taong sumasama diyan sa procession? Tanging ang Diyos lamang ang nakakaalam ng nilalaman at hangarin ng mga puso ng taong mga iyan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L7PILUDK6IPFGJLJNCM2IROCRY Albin

    There are true devotees here: giving thanks and/ or asking for salvation/ favor from the Lord.
    There are also pickpockets, snatchers, and the like.
    There are also fake fanatatics who believe their sins will be erased by joining the procession.
    There are also psychos who think a piece of the nazarne rope mixed with water can make them strong, or if mixed w/ corn will make their roosters unbeatable.

    • batangpaslit


  • Platypus09

    These are true devotees, no matter what others say..!!

    • batangpaslit

      true devotees must investigate how to worship correctly the true Living GOD in a true manner

  • browndarwinian

    “In any case, why would you suppose that God values belief above [being]
    a good man, [being] honest, [being] kind [add to that, being environmentally friendly and picking up your own trash]. Isn’t that more important
    than belief? What’s so special about belief?” – R Dawkins

    • batangpaslit

      a person with correct belief, directs him or her to be a good man or woman
      if i believe that throwing trash indiscriminately is wrong, i won’t do it
      if i believe that being a law abiding citizen creates a just society, i would obey the law
      if i believe in GOD, to properly worship Him, i must know how what pleases Him.
      correct belief, repeating myself, leads to correct deeds

  • batangpaslit

    why are the people worshipping a wooden idol—a false god?a god, carved out from wood with human image, with ears but could not hear?with feet but could not walk; with eyes but could not see?why are Filipinos worsipping a graven image of god carved out from log, which shavings are thrown into the garbage, or used as firewooda god made by man misrepresenting the image of the true Living GOD who desires to be worship in spirit and in truththe Scriptures say GOD must be worship in the spirit and in truth. Jesus Christ is the Truth.true Christians do not walk by sight, but walks by faith



  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    GULLIBLE Filipinos praying to a BLOCK OF WOOD.


      TADO KA

  • http://twitter.com/Olibo2 Olibo

    Like what the authorities warning beforehand, physically unfit should not join this wild feast including mentally FIT. 

  • Platypus09

    What would the born-again Christians say about these outpouring of passion towards Balck Nazarene?

    Whatever works for these devotees, who are we to say otherwise?

    Miracles that they believe in could happen to them do make a difference.

    This is the only way to show to the entire world that Catholicism rules in the Philippines.


    Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, (Our Father Jesus Nazarene,)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Ano po ba ang prenoposisyon dito yong image ng black nazarene o yong mga tao na nakasakay sa sa karo. A fanatinism which going to wrong of road! I remember Sec. Jesse a devotee of Mama Mary (in the name of Mama Penafrancia) he do the tradisional tough procession but he put it in his whole way of living and daily life style. A devotee is not just for a certain date of fiesta but its a daily basis commitment how you live, how you talk, how you belong as part in soceity. A devotee is more than what you believe-in, its more than the faith what you have in mind and what you learn and hear from other…. its a self development for your spiritual well-being at the time you understand and up to the time your death. I urge people to read repeatedly the New Testament to understand the WORD OF LIFE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    GLORY TO THE FATHER, TO THE SON AND HOLY SPIRIT….please say this in your thoughts… every day many times whatever you do, where ever you go, where ever you are…. and you will notice the difference in your life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    As OFW this is the only I pray ……which now I share it to you.

  • maypakialamako

    why do these catholic-haters keep on insisting that we catholics worship  a wood or statue?! the statue of the black nazarene is just a representation of jesus, and jesus not the wood is the one we worship. just like how we respect or salute the philippine flag. we do not salute or respect  just a piece of fabric, we respect what it symbolizes and represents… gets nyo mga gunggung?!

    • jin2012

      Do you know what Catholic means?  It is from the Latin word Catholicus which means universal.

      Now, do you know what venerate means?  It is from the Latin word veneratus, it means worship.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    This is more than faith but this expression of faith can be easily manipulate by opportunist people, like politicians, DAMASO & ESKRIBAS. I suggest give each one of them a New Testament a Pilipino translation for more wide understanding. Im not codemning this people its their freedom to express their way of fait that there is God and Jesus Christ was sent by God through HOLY SPIRIT and born by the Virgen.

  • Petrus_Romanus

    To the Quiapo Priest:  IT IS IDOLATRY, you are teaching your flock to sin!!!

    Listen instead to the very words from God found in your very own Catholic Bible, IDOLATRY WILL PREVENT YOU from inheriting the Kingdom of God!!!!

    [ALL FROM the Revised Standard Version CATHOLIC EDITION]

    Galatians 5
    19 Now the works of the flesh are plain: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, 21 envy,[b] drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 

    Exodus 20
    4 “You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

    Leviticus 26
    26 “You shall make for yourselves no idols and erect no graven image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land, to bow down to them; for I am the Lord your God. 2 You shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the Lord.

    1 John 5
    21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

    Isaiah 42
    I am the Lord [YaHWeH], that is my name;  my glory I give to no other,  nor my praise to graven images.

    Ezekiel 14
    6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God [YaHWeH]: Repent and turn away from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

    1 Corinthians 10
    14 Therefore, my beloved, shun the worship of idols…….. 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons.

    Psalm 115
    4 Their idols are silver and gold,    the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but do not speak;    eyes, but do not see. 6 They have ears, but do not hear;    noses, but do not smell.7  They have hands, but do not feel;    feet, but do not walk;    and they do not make a sound in their throat. 8 Those who make them are like them;    so are all who trust in them.

    Ezekiel 37
    23 They shall not defile themselves any more with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

    1 Corinthians 6
    9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral,[b] nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[c][d] 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    To the Catholic Priests, a warning to you from our Lord Jesus Christ:

    Matthew 5 (Jesus speaks)
    17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them.[a] 18 For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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