INTRODUCTION

The devotion to the Black Nazarene have been made popular by the many wonders wrought by God upon His devotees. Even so Jesus walked the earth, and did good to the chosen race, so also does He now look with benign eyes on all those who will be devoted to Him.

HISTORY OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
The Black Nazarene (Nuestro Padre Jes s Nazareno) that has came all the way from Mexico through a galleon is a life-sized, dark-colored, wooden sculpture (carver is an Aztec carpenter) of Jesus Christ which has been known to be miraculous by majority of the people, especially its Filipino devotees. The black Nazarene is currently enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila, Philippines where novena celebrations are held every Friday throughout the whole year. Roman Catholic tradition holds that the Black Nazarene came from a boat that caught fire, turning it from its original white into black or burnt complexion. For almost 200 years, the Black Nazarene is carried into the streets for procession in a "Caroza" or golden red carriage pulled through the streets of Quiapo by male devotees clad in maroon. Every 9th of January, the feast of the Most Holy Black Nazarene is celebrated while novena masses begin on the first Friday day of the year, in honor of its weekly novena mass held every Friday. This also celebrates the Translacion or the transfer of the image to its present shrine in Quiapo. The devotion to the miraculous Black Nazarene (Nuestro Padre Jes s Nazareno) has attracted huge following among the public. Its popularity, which initially spread to the northern and southern provinces of Luzon, spread over time throughout the country. Devotees pay homage to the Santo Cristo Jesus Nazareno by clapping their hands in praise at the end of every Mass performed at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. On its feast during January 9, people believed that whoever touched the Nazarene sometimes has been healed of their diseases. Catholics come from all over Manila for the chance that they will be able to get close enough to touch the image and perhaps even receive a miracle. Some devotees also throw towels or handkerchiefs to the people guarding the statue and ask them to rub them on the statue in anticipation of carrying some of that power away with them.
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The Black Nazarene, known to devotees in Spanish as Nuestro Padre Jes s Nazareno (Tagalog: Poong Itim na Nazareno) is a life-sized, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ carrying the cross, while representing his passion and suffering and is believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics.

Originally with fair complexion, it is believed to have turned dark after the statue survived a burning galleon ship on its arrival from Mexico. The statue is currently enshrined in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo district, Manila, Philippines, where it is venerated every Friday with Novena and Holy Masses.

The Black Nazarene is publicly processed on three annual occasions: New Years' Day, Good Friday, and on 9 January, when its first novena feast, official translation (Spanish: traslaci n) and enshrinement in the present Basilica is commemorated. The event is attended by several million.

The Black Nazarene derives its main title from the citizenship of Jesus of Nazareth, and its external local title regarding the present skin dark complexion of the statue. Atop the statue's head are the three traditional "Tres Potencias" symbolizing the three powers of the Holy Trinity, which also symbolize the "Rayos" or rays protruding from the head of the statue as a form of a Christological halo used to identify Christ in mainline traditional Hispanic iconography.

The statue's original body has lost several fingers over the years, and the original head has since been transferred several times onto a full-scale replica body by renowned Filipino sculptor Gener Manlaqui as commissioned by the Archdiocese of Manila. The statue also bears a large wooden cross with brass gold-plated ornamentation on its tip while the image's head wears a braided wig made of dyed abaca, along with its golden crown of thorns.

In addition, the image wears an embroidered maroon tunic with gold thread floral patterns embroidered into the fabric, along with lace trimmings on the collar and cuffs. A gold-plated metal belt embossed with the image's name encircles its waist, with a golden chain-ball representing the Flagellation. The barefooted statue is in a genuflecting posture, symbolizing the agony and heavy weight of the cross.

The image's wooden base is referred to as the peana, while its carriage or carroza used in processions is referred to as the ndas (from the Spanish andar, "to move forward") and is pulled by devotees using a pair of 50-meter long ropes

The statue was made by an anonymous Mexican sculptor, and the image arrived in Manila via galleon from Acapulco, Mexico. Folk tradition attributes the dark colour of the statue to a fire on the ship that charred the originally white skin. Church records in Intramuros note that there were originally two, identical images of the Black Nazarene brought to Manila. The first was kept in the San Nicolas de Tolentino church in Bagumbayan and was later transferred to Intramuros when the former was demolished. On January 9, 1787, the Archbishop of Manila, Basilio Sancho de Santas Justa y Rufina, ordered the transfer of the Black Nazarene to its present location within the Quiapo church. This Black Nazarene was destroyed in the bombardment during the Battle of Manila in 1945.

The surviving image was given by the Recollect Order to the Parish of Saint John the Baptist, presently designated as a minor Basilica, and it has often been thought to be the one lost in the war.

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NOVENA
A novena may be made during the nine consecutive Fridays or even during nine consecutive days anytimeof the year. The purpose of such a special devotion is to glorify God, to sanctify ourselves and to obtain the graces necessary for our own temporal and eternal welfare.

The recommended period for making this novena is during nine consecutive Fridays starting with Septuagesima Sunday until Viernes Dolores (Friday before Palm Sunday)

Let us put all our trust in His Goodness and mercy of God who will reward for our perseverance. Jesus Nazarene will not abandon those who come to Him. It is, ernestly recommended that the devotees go to Confesion and receive Communion at least once during the novena.



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Hymn Nuestro Padre Jes s Nazareno
Composer: Lucio San Pedro

Tagalog Version
Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno,
Sinasamba Ka namin,
Pinipintuho Ka namin
Aral Mo ang aming buhay
at Kaligtasan.
Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno,
Iligtas Mo kami sa Kasalanan.
Ang Krus Mong kinamatayan ay
Sagisag ng aming Kaligtasan.

KORO:
Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno,
Dinarangal Ka namin!
Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno,
Nilul'walhati Ka namin!

English version
Our Father Jesus Nazarene
We worship Thee
We admire Thee
Thy teachings are our life
and salvation.
Our Father Jesus Nazarene,
Save us from sin.
The Cross Thou hadst died upon is
Emblem of our salvation.

CHORUS:
Our Father Jesus Nazarene,
We honour Thee!
Our Father Jesus Nazarene,
We glorify Thee!










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