IN PHOTOS: Black Nazarene 2016

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IN PHOTOS: Black Nazarene 2016
(UPDATED) Starting from the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta minutes before 6 am, the procession is expected to end close to 2 am Sunday, January 10

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – As of late Saturday evening, January 9, the procession of the Black Nazarene had hours and hours to go before reaching its home: the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or the Quiapo Church.

Starting from the Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta minutes before 6 am, the procession was expected to end before 2 am on Sunday, January 10, about two hours earlier than the previously expected 4 am.

If the pace had not changed, the procession would have taken an agonizing 22 hours, longer than 2015’s 19-20 hours. 

As in past years, too, the procession drew millions of devotees. Church officials have said the devotion is a vibrant expression of faith in a country of about 80 million Catholics. Avid followers pledge to participate in the procession every year, hoping for miracles or thankful for them. 

The Black Nazarene statue, crowned with thorns and bearing a cross, was brought to Manila by Augustinian priests in 1607. It is also believed to have been partially burnt and blackened when the galleon carrying it caught fire on a voyage from Mexico, another Spanish colony at the time.

Here are photos from the traslacion:

QUIRINO GRANDSTAND. Devotees flock to the Quirino Grandstand early morning January 9 to join the start of the Black Nazarene procession. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DEVOTION. Devotees try to get near the carriage carrying the image of Jesus of the Black Nazarene as the annual Traslacion starts at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Saturday, January 9, 2015. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LONG PROCESSION. Filipino devotees on Jones Bridge in Manila join the procession of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

MIRACLE. Some devotees hope for miracles or thank the Black Nazarene for blessings received. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WORSHIP. Filipino devotees wrestle their way to reach the image of the Black Nazarene during the procession in Manila on Saturday, January 9. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

 GENEROSITY. Candies are shared with Black Nazarene devotees. Rappler photo

JOURNEY. The long march from Quirino Grandstand to the streets of Manila begins. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

HOPE. A Filipino devotee holds a candle during the procession of the Black Nazarene on January 9, 2016. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

with reports from AFP/Rappler.com

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