Miracles of the Black Nazarene

Yes, faith and devotion to the image of the Black Nazarene works miracles even for those who did not believe at once. Probinsiyano star Coco Martin, a former indie actor now a teleserye and highly-rated film star  said  touching the image changed his life. The indie film Tirador required him to join the traslacion and he became obsessed to touch the image of the Black Nazarene which he actually was able to do. He  touched the Nuestro Jesus. Since then, more roles came, more blessings and stardom came. He believes it all started when he touched the image.

 

My friend Pat, a single parent is a long time devotee. As all parents, she wished all the best for her children. Today, her eldest is a successful lawyer who graduated magna cum laude and top of his class.

Armando,75, a mamamasan (bearers of the image) for more than 60 years said he was born blind. His mother believed and asked the Black Nazarene , as she knelt every Friday from the doors to the altar walking on bended knees from the aisles  at Quiapo Church to cure him. He was cured of his blindness and became a devout follower himself  by becoming  a mamamasan when he turned 15.

Arnel Irasga, the 15-year head of Hijos del Nazareno tasked with guarding the image of the Black Nazarene was healed of stage 4 lung cancer.The Hijos del Nazareno is composed of almost male devotee-members who would guard the safety of the Black Nazarene even with their own lives if need be.

 

Miracles, small and great happen. The fact that the fiesta and the procession that lasted for 22 hours was  not marred by any ugly incident is already a miracle.  The threat of an extremist attack or by an ugly storm did not stop our devotees . I consider it a minor miracle that  it did not  rain the whole time despite that there was an impending tyhpoon `Auring’ hovering in Visayas. The traslacion went unhampered where  more than two million participated , a crushing sea of devotees trying to get on the carriage or  andas to touch the image or even to touch the hemp ropes pulling the carriage.

 

No, the miraculous image of the Black Nazarene did not get burned. The wooden image of our Lord Jesus Christ known as the Nuestro Jesus Nazareno owes its black color to the variety of black teakwood it was made of.

This was revealed by Monsignor Clem who celebrated one of the masses I attended last Monday. I actually attended two masses and  was one of thousands standing the whole time  on the large open square facing the Carriedo street outside the church on the fiesta day of Monday at the Quiapo Church. Monsignor Clem said the image was made in Mexico and journeyed to the Philippines in the same century the black Nuestra Senora de Guia of Antipolo or  Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage was made. Both images came to the shores of the Philippines at about the same time, during the 16th century. Both were black and both were made of the same teakwood variety in Mexico.

Monsignor Clem said he researched on the image and said that one of the reasons the black teakwood was used to carve the image was that during that time slavery and slave trading was very prevalent in Europe and in America. The slaves were black. The black image of the Black Nazarene is to tell the world that Jesus is one with the slaves and the suffering. Jesus carrying the cross heavily laden and on bended knees is a symbol of God’s infinite love for mankind. Jesus who is God and is in heaven came down to earth and became man. Jesus, the beloved Son of God the Father, who is above all things  ay nagpakababa at nagpakasakit (suffered and died)for our sins.

The priest exhorted and praised the unity of the government especially the police and the church to protect the devotees and the public in safeguarding the sanctity of the occasion. He said for once  there was no separation of the state and the church. The government and the church are one on this day.

The estimated two and a half million devotees mostly barefoot called mamamssan  or bearers   accompanied the miraculous black image of the Nuestro Jesus Nazareno , the Black Nazarene in the traslacion or grand procession along the streets of Quiapo that started from Quirino Grandstand in Luneta at 5:30 a.m. the morning of January 9, 2017 until the image finally entered the Minor Basilica of  the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)  at 3:30 A.M. the following day of January 10, 2017.  Throughout the whole time, masses were held hour after hour from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Quiapo Church attended by other devotees who could not join the procession. Others lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the miraculous image. Some 15 to 17 million devotees from all over the country and some from abroad, came to pay their homage, love and devotion to the Black Nazarene.

As I was leaving for home via the LRT at the Carriedo station, I noticed a male devotee , barefoot and wearing a maroon and yellow shirt with the image of the Black Nazarene. He was carrying his sleeping toddler son. He was also accompanied by his wife and one other young female. I asked him why he participates in the yearly devotion, his plain answer was:`` para po magsisisi ng  kasalanan.( to amend for our sins).’’

The Filipinos’ love,devotion  and faith to the Black Nazarene have shown to the world the Filipinos are the new harbingers of the gospel and the new Jerusalem. We the Filipinos, the gentiles living in the pearl of the orient holds the bastion of Christianity in the Far East and even in the world.  Let us carry the love of Christ in our hearts as we, the devotees of our beloved Jesus represented by his miraculous image of the Black Nazarene carry the torch of Christianity to all parts of the world. Viva Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno. MInamahal ka namin. Niluluwalhati ka namin. ( Hail Jesus of Nazareth. We love you. We praise you.) Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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