On January 9, a netizen named Chris Cruz posted a video of the annual Translacion as shown by GMA’s 24 Oras. In his post, Cruz claims to have witnessed a miracle when he saw the hand of the Black Nazarene move while on procession. He posted the video with the caption, “Himala gumalaw yung kamay ng itim na Nazareno.”
Cruz recorded the 24 Oras episode and replayed it while he was taking a video. As he played it again, he zoomed in and pointed at the Black Nazarene’s hand which moved to seemingly adjust its grip on the cross. This caused quite a stir among netizens, with some believing that the image’s movement was indeed a miracle:
“Amen Praise the Lord Jesus Christ. Viva Kristo Rey! Pag palain niyo po kaming Hesus nasa langit at kaluklukan ng dakilang kaluwalhatian ng Ama mag pakailanman. ADMAJOREM DEI GLORIAM!”
“senyales ng mapayapang traslascion.. amen basbasan nio po ang lahat ng naniniwala sa iyo mahal na poong nazareno”
“to God be the Glory…amen amen amen”
However, a netizen pointed out that the hand could have moved because of the millions of devotees pushing the image during the procession. According to him, life-sized images of saints usually have movable joints to make changing their clothes easier:
“Maari pong talagang gumalaw po ang braso ng Poon dahil po talagang natutupi o napipiklo ang braso ng imahen dahil po kapag binibihisan po ang poon minsan kailangan i adjust ang kamay o braso”
The Black Nazarene is believed to be a miraculous feat in itself, having survived two fires, two earthquakes, and the floods of numerous typhoons and bombings during World War II. The image first arrived in the Philippines in 1606 when a group of Augustinian Recollect missionaries came to Manila. In 1650, Pope Innocent X recognized the Philippines’ strong devotion to the Black Nazarene. After 400 years, the image of the dark-colored Jesus Christ is still intact, with millions of devotees going to the Quiapo Church just to touch it.
Filipinos believe that devotion to the Black Nazarene can make the impossible possible, which makes it one of the most famous images in the country. Some even claim that their devotion to the image has performed miracles, further encouraging other devotees.
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