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It was brought to Manila by an Augustinian Spanish priest in on board a ship from Mexico. The passion over the opportunity to touch or accompany the Nazarene sometimes results in serious casualties. The vigil and procession are characterized by both patience and urgency, a manner of taking things directly to Jesus walking among them, yet doing so in their own fashion.
Often they wipe the cross or foot with a cloth that they keep and rub on themselves or give to relatives unable to visit the Nazarene. LIST: Banned items, activities during Nazareno With devotees coming back every year to bear the Nazareno on their shoulders, to witness how it may come to perform miracles, and to join other faithfuls in the million-strong procession, it is clear that they believe in the power of their devotion.
Reverend Monsignor Clemente Ignacio, who was rector and parish priest of Quiapo Church for 7 years, said that fanaticism and devotion are distinct practices.
Whatever these efforts, the devotionalism of Filipinos seems to be growing, especially as it is manifest in burgeoning participation in the Black Nazarene feast. The statue of the Black Nazarene represents Jesus bent under the weight of the Cross.
He noted that the wood was a popular medium in the period the statue was carved. I often go to the parish and on every occasion I find long lines of faithful who pay homage to the statue, even with a caress or a prayer. The injuries and even deaths of devotees are brought upon by one or several factors including heat, fatigue, or being trampled upon by the crowd.
Poor people comprise the majority of devotees at the feast and have an especially deep devotion the Black Nazarene as a way of identifying their own struggles with the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.