Man with the church tattoo

Daniel Rudin
Why do millions of workers, laborers, the "common man" identify with the Nazarene? A devotee with a church tattoo on his back tells us why.

DEVOTION. A Nazareno devotee shows off one of his many tattoos-- this one of the Quiapo Church, the home of the image of the Black Nazarene.

MANILA, Philippines – The “translacion” started 3 centuries ago. It is the re-enactment of the transfer of the Black Nazarene from one church to another– a journey that not only celebrates the day the church acquired the image, but Christ’s agony on the road to Calvary. Today, the tradition endures, reminding devotees that Christ suffered and that beyond suffering, there is hope.

Daniel Rudin, a documentary filmmaker working with Rappler as a Luce Scholar talks to a devotee, Waldo Dy, who explains why he identifies with the Black Nazarene.  –

TRANSLACION. Millions of devotees re-enact the transfer of the image of the Black Nazarene in January 9, 1787 from  Church of San Juan Bautista in Bagumbayan, now part of Luneta Park, to the Quiapo Church.


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