Black Nazarene finally returns home

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MANILA, Philippines—After a day-long procession, the Black Nazarene was finally brought back to its rightful place inside the Quiapo Church early Thursday.

An overflowing crowd of devotees at Plaza Miranda greeted the Black Nazarene as it was wheeled back to its home at around 1:30 a.m., some 18 hours after it left Rizal Park early Wednesday.

The image of the Black Nazarene had left the Quirino Grandstand around 8 a.m. Wednesday after a Mass led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

The procession went on its route around Manila for several hours with millions of devotees all struggling to touch the beloved image of the Black Nazarene.

The day-long procession ended earlier than the previous year, which lasted for 22 hours after the three wheels of the Nazarene’s carriage broke down.

Director Leonardo Espina of the National Capital Region Police Office said in a text advisory that at least eight million devotees had joined the procession. But other estimates put it to nine million.

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) said in a text advisory that it had given first aid to 1,410 people as of 5 p.m., 549 of which needed to have their blood pressure checked.

As many as 819 with minor injuries and 35 with major injuries were treated, according to the PNRC, adding that seven patients needed to be transported to a hospital, among them a pregnant woman who went into labor during the procession and later gave birth.

Among those brought to a hospital was an 11-year-old boy, identified as Christian Ramos, who had lacerations on his right eye. He was transported to the Ospital ng Maynila, the PNRC added.

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Tags: Black Nazarene , Catholic Church , Feast of the Black Nazarene , Religion

  • frudo

    ay salamat nman at natapos na, wala ng mahihimatay, mababalian ng buto, ilang bang tao, matanda, bata, kababaihan ang nasaktan dahil sa tradition?

  • simondj

    Isaiah 44 – 9: All who make idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit; their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. 10: Who fashions a god or casts an image that is profitable for nothing? 11: Behold, all his fellows shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are but men; let them all assemble, let them stand forth, they shall be terrified, they shall be put to shame together. 12: The ironsmith fashions it and works it over the coals; he shapes it with hammers, and forges it with his strong arm; he becomes hungry and his strength fails, he drinks no water and is faint. 13: The carpenter stretches a line, he marks it out with a pencil; he fashions it with planes, and marks it with a compass; he shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. 14: He cuts down cedars; or he chooses a holm tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest; he plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15: Then it becomes fuel for a man; he takes a part of it and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread; also he makes a god and worships it, he makes it a graven image and falls down before it. 16: Half of it he burns in the fire; over the half he eats flesh, he roasts meat and is satisfied; also he warms himself and says, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!” 17: And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol; and falls down to it and worships it; he prays to it and says, “Deliver me, for thou art my god!” 18: They know not, nor do they discern; for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their minds, so that they cannot understand. 19: No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire, I also baked bread on its coals, I roasted flesh and have eaten; and shall I make the residue of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” 20: He feeds on ashes; a deluded mind has led him astray, and he cannot deliver himself or say, “Is there not a lie in my right hand?” The bible is telling us, men cut down strong trees of the forest, half of it becomes fuel to warm himself and bake bread to satisfy himself and half of it he also makes a graven image to worship. Half of it was burned into fire and the rest of it he makes into god, his idol. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QCJ7VE5YASFSA72AXVLOOIAAII Astrid May

      it is not the idol that is being adorned…it is the thought that the Great Lord has done many things to different people in many ways…
      people nowadays tend to mock religions and beliefs of other people-proclaiming they are righteous and yet they are sinners…

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