IN PHOTOS: A million Black Nazarene devotees join Traslacion 2017

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The brotherhood Hijos del Nazareno facilitates the mounting of the image on the float and the wiping of towels. Photo by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — The annual Black Nazarene procession, or “Traslacion,” expects millions of devotees lining up the streets to pay homage to the Nazareno, the mere touch of which is believed to be miraculous by many Filipino Catholics. This year’s procession began early Monday morning at the Quirino Grandstand, where prayers were offered as the Nazareno was mounted on a carriage heading for Quiapo Church. Despite security threats to the parade due to government troops’ successful kill of the leader of an ISIS-inspired terror group, around 1.1 million people have built up around the grandstand since 11 a.m.

Traslacion 1.jpg Devotees during the morning prayer prior to the procession. Photo by JL JAVIER

Traslacion 2.jpg Waiting for the Black Nazarene to be mounted on the float. Photo by JL JAVIER

Traslacion 3.jpg The float heads in the wrong direction but is eventually put back on track so it exits Quirino Grandstand at approximately 6 a.m. Photo by JL JAVIER

 

Traslacion 5.jpg Onlookers watch the float leave the Quirino Grandstand. Photo by JL JAVIER

Traslacion 6.jpg The procession around the Manila City Hall. Photo by JL JAVIER

Traslacion 7.jpg A replica of the Black Nazarene joins the procession. Photo by JL JAVIER

Traslacion 8.jpg Devotees waiting for the Black Nazarene to cross their route. Photos by JL JAVIER

Traslacion 9.jpg The actual Black Nazarene at the Bonifacio Shrine. A member of the Hijos del Nazareno, a group of devotees, holds a whistle to keep the crowd at bay. Photo by JL JAVIER