Black Nazarene 2023

Mahal naming Poong Nazareno, iniaalay po namin sa Inyo ang aming bayang Pilipinas at ang aming nagkakaisang puso. Yakapin Niyo po kami isa’t isa nang aming madama ang Inyong pagmamahal, dahil kami rin po ay nagmamahal sa Inyo. Isama Niyo po ang aming mga hinagpis sa buhay bilang ambag sa Inyong pagdurusa sa krus upang iligtas kami. Poong Nazareno, patawad, patawad, patawad sa aming mga sala.

Lord Nazarene, we offer to you our Filipino nation and all our hearts united as one. Embrace each one of us that we may feel your love, because we also love You. We wish to share our sufferings in life as contribution to the salvation you have bestowed on us. Lord Nazarene, forgive us for our sins.  

Receive the online blessing for healing of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo (URL or link at the end of this article).


January 9, 2023 (archives = tr334v2)

By Bernie V. Lopez,

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The Black Nazarene devotion demonstrates how we are all interconnected. When good or evil prevails in us, it infects everyone around us. There is an endless war between Christ and Satan raging within us, our family, community, nation, our planet. The destiny of Man is in all our hands together. The little we do for good or evil taken all together is massive. We must pray together, like the Black Nazarene devotees, for ourselves and for Mankind.

The violent and massive Black Nazarene procession is a manifestation of the dynamic Filipino folk devotion, which aims to participate in the suffering of the Nazarene for the salvation of Mankind.

p251C – black nazarene procession at jones bridge, january 2019


In spite of reports of terrorist bomb threats, the 2019 Black Nazarene procession was the most dramatic and the most massive in history. Previously, women did not join the violent mob in fear of being crushed by rough men. In 2019, for the first time in history, they dared to stick together and assert themselves. (see dramatic photos below).

The longest procession was in 2012, 22 hours from dawn to dawn, 9 hours longer than the usual. All four wheels of the carroza (carriage) broke down one by one. Like an omen, the 2012 procession stopped for a long time right at the heart of the Quiapo Muslim enclave, reminding us of the bond between Muslims and Christians, recalling the tragedy in Marawi. People slept on the pavement, waiting for the Image to pass their street. When the city government wanted to make a short cut due to the delay, residents came out in droves to protest. Security forces suppressed cellphone signal to and from the Quiapo area.

In 2020, about 1,000 people were injured at more than half way to Quiapo church. People who fainted were floated on top of the dense violent crowd. Devotees overwhelmed police forces near Palanca St. corner Ayala Ave. They complained that policemen should also be barefoot and not wear combat boots, wounding a lot of feet. MMDA barriers were thrown aside. Still, the police and military did a good job. An old woman vendor wept to Mayor Isko when P10,000 worth of her goods were confiscated. Isko paid her P8,000 to compensate. An estimated 70 tons of garbage were carried away by 40 trucks.


There are two messages in this historic affair, one from Filipino devotees, the other from the Nazarene as a reply. The Filipino devotee says –

Kakapit po kami sa inyo, Poong Nazareno. Kahit anong pagsubok ang ibigay Niyo, kaya namin, basta’t nandyan po kayo sa tabi namin. Kahit yung dalawampung bagyo bawa’t taon, kaya po namin. Yang pandemya at gutom dahil sa economic recession at dugo dahil sa mga darating na digmaan, kaya po naming lahat, basta’t yakapin Niyo po kami. Kapit tuko po kami sa Inyo, O Panginoong Nazareno.  

O Nazarene, we embrace you. All the tribulations You send us we shall overcome, as long as You are beside us. The 20-odd typhoons every year, the pandemic, the looming hunger due to economic recession, whatever wars and chaos will come – all these we shall overcome, as long as You embrace us. We will never abandon you, Lord Nazarene.

In response, the Nazarene says –

Hindi ko kayo pababayaan dahil hindi ninyo ako pinabayaan. Ako ang dagat, kayo ang ilog. Aagos kayo pabalik sa akin, gaya ng ulang nagtubig nang inyong mga tanim. Ako ang baging, kayo ang sanga. Maging tapat kayo sa akin gaya nang pagiging tapat ko sa inyo dahil mahal ko kayo.

I will never abandon you because you have not abandoned Me. I am the ocean, you are the rivers. Flow into me, just like the rains that nourish your fields. I am the vine. You are the branches. Abide in me as I in you because I love you.

p202 – prayer to the black Nazarene


Nowhere in the world can other Christian communities rival the Filipino Black Nazarene devotees, exemplified by the grass-roots mammoth crowd. Many say it is fanaticism, but theologians say it is the unique character of Filipino devotees, especially with regards the panata, the vow to attend the procession for the rest of one’s life, as atonement for one’s sins.

There is no fanaticism in that, only atonement and pure prayer, not in words but in action. The essence of the Black Nazarene devotion is a prayer for forgiveness of our sins, and homage to the Messiah through whom sins are forgiven.

The image of the Black Nazarene with long curly hair was brought to the Philippines via a Galleon ship from Acapulco, Mexico by Spanish Friars, to appeal to the dark-skinned natives. In a similar way, there is the Black Madonna in Antipolo, Philippines, as well as in Poland and Spain.

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j941-jpeg1 – woman in the violent procession
j941-jjjpeg2 – yellow crowd LS
j941-jpjeg3 – yellow crowd CU

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Author’s Credentials. Blogger – ex-Columnist (Inquirer) – Healing Ministry – ex-Professor (Ateneo University) – Documentary Producer-Director (freelance, ex-ABS-CBN, ex-TVS Tokyo) – ex-Broadcaster (Radio Veritas) – Facebook “Bernie V. Lopez Eastwind” / Pages “Eastwind Journeys and Journals” and “Mary Queen of Peace”.


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