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Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by BrainnewsNg(f): 8:34pm On Mar 30, 2018
As a mark of honour for Jesus Christ and Good Friday reenactment of his suffering, seven Filipino Roman Catholic devotees, including a woman, have been nailed to wooden crosses.

The demonstration was watched by thousands of spectators but frowned upon by church leaders.

Three devotees wearing crowns of twigs were nailed to crosses by villagers dressed as Roman centurions on a dusty hill in San Pedro Cutud village, and four others were nailed to crosses in nearby farming villages in San Fernando city north of Manila, tourism officer Ching Pangilinan said.

The spectacle reflects a unique brand of Catholicism that merges church traditions with folk superstitions.

Many of the mostly impoverished penitents undergo the ritual to atone for sins, pray for the sick or for a better life, or give thanks for what they believe were God-given miracles.

The Lenten rituals are frowned upon by church leaders in the Philippines, Asia’s largest Roman Catholic nation, especially if the events are used to boost tourism and business.

The reenactments of the crucifixion, however, have persisted and become a tourist attraction in the largely unknown villages in Pampanga province, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of the capital.

While the crucifixions have become a tradition for villagers, they still leave many foreign tourists bewildered.

“It’s terrible,” said Luke Henkel from Florida. “You wanna stop it.”

Mayor Edwin Santiago of San Fernando, where San Pedro Cutud lies, said more than 400 police officers were deployed and first-aid stations set up to look after the huge crowds.

“We provide assistance because we can’t stop the influx of tourists,” Pangilinan said. “We don’t promote it as a festival but it’s rather a show of respect to a local tradition.”

Villagers used the crowd-drawing events to peddle food, water, fans, umbrellas and souvenirs and rent out parking slots and toilets.

A leading cellphone company provided tents for shade with its name embossed on them.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas said it’s best for Catholics to mark Lent with prayers and acts of love and charity.

“Instead of spilling your blood on the streets, why not walk into a Red Cross office and donate blood? Choose to share life. Share your blood,” Villegas said in remarks posted on a Catholic church website.

Friday’s reenactment of Christ’s crucifixion was the 32nd for Ruben Enaje, a 57-year-old sign painter who began his yearly rite after surviving a fall from a building.

He plans to stop when he turns 60.

Maryjane Sazon, a 39-year-old beauty salon worker, said she joined the reenactments seven years ago in the hope of being cured of severe headaches and a nervous breakdown.

Her act Friday was dedicated to her sick sister.

Prior to the cross nailings, dozens of male penitents walked several kilometers (miles) along village streets while beating their bare backs with sharp bamboo sticks and pieces of wood. Some had their backs cut to keep them bloody.

Foreigners have been banned from taking part since an Australian comic was nailed to a cross under a false name a few years ago near Pampanga.

Authorities also believe that a Japanese man was nailed to cross as part of a porn film in 1996. (NAN)

See The Photos Below:

Source: https://www.brainnewsradio.com/good-friday-7-catholic-devotees-nailed-to-cross-in-philippines-photos/







cc: Lalasticlala

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by BrainnewsNg(f): 8:34pm On Mar 30, 2018
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by jdluv(f): 8:37pm On Mar 30, 2018
this cant be real

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by NwaAmaikpe: 8:43pm On Mar 30, 2018
shocked

Nice one.
Sadly no Nigerian Catholic can take this pain for Christ.

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by momodub: 8:50pm On Mar 30, 2018
Shioo na. die be this ohh

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Bluffly: 8:51pm On Mar 30, 2018
Nailed and no blood

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Roon9(m): 8:51pm On Mar 30, 2018
Why is the lady fully clothed!?
Since they following the scripture word for word, they should have only wrapped cloth around her groins na like the Bible pointed out

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Ezigboune: 8:51pm On Mar 30, 2018
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Nobody: 8:51pm On Mar 30, 2018
Stupid act

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by carymastory(m): 8:52pm On Mar 30, 2018
Not real... Look very well

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by passyhansome(m): 8:52pm On Mar 30, 2018
Good
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Nobody: 8:52pm On Mar 30, 2018
Will this make them go to heaven?

Nonsense!!

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Prettyyemi(f): 8:52pm On Mar 30, 2018
Lolz...
Issokay!!!
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by unite4real: 8:52pm On Mar 30, 2018
see blood everywhere. But today is not April 1st na? Next story please

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by chiomzy1(f): 8:53pm On Mar 30, 2018
ok nah
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Elnino4ladies: 8:53pm On Mar 30, 2018
Rubbish
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Mowoe(m): 8:53pm On Mar 30, 2018
Land

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by officialMarcTimi: 8:53pm On Mar 30, 2018
"my people perish for lack of knowledge"

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Built2last: 8:54pm On Mar 30, 2018
*The Cross signifies a new beginning.*
- Pst Peter (2018)


*10 THINGS THAT HAPPENED ON THE CROSS*

1. The disciples did not know that Jesus was going to be made Sin on the Cross.
2 Cor 5:21

2. They did not know that He was the sin substitute for the whole world and that he was going to put sin away and make it possible for anyone to legally receive Eternal life, the very nature of God, by just believing in Him, Jesus Christ, and His finished work.


*Matthew 25:51 tells us "And behold, the veil of the Temple was rent in two from the top to the bottom."*
Look at what the above statement means:


3. The Holy of Holies was no longer the Temple of Jehovah. He had moved out from the Temple.

4. There will be no longer be a Holy of Holies, a place for the atonement blood to be sprinkled. For their is one mediator.
Hebrew 9:15.

5. The death and substitution of Jesus will make the former Temple unnecessary, null and void.

6. The ministry of the High Priest had finished.

7. The Priests did not know that their Priestly duty of atonement of Sin has ended.

8. Jesus is going to be the new Priest. And only mediator!
Hebrews 9:15.

9. It was the end of the Old covenant, the Ten commandment.

10. It was the beginning of a New Covenant.


Hebrews 9:11-12: *Nor yet with the blood of goats and calves but with His own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal Redemption.*

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by buskie13(m): 8:54pm On Mar 30, 2018
NwaAmaikpe:
shocked
Nice one. Sadly no Nigerian Catholic can take this pain for Christ.
my Nigga grin

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by veacea: 8:54pm On Mar 30, 2018
Me I will suggest that we sponsor our politicians to this event and let them all be nailed since they are also faithfuls when it comes to stealing

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by CeeJay9ja(m): 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2018
Huh!
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Pavore9: 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2018
Hian!
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Nobody: 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2018
This is uncalled for. Christ did not demand this but a true repentance by everyone.

Wrong Doctrine!

Smh

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by samwizzye(m): 8:55pm On Mar 30, 2018
but why ?
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by twize(m): 8:57pm On Mar 30, 2018
wow what a wonderful experience
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Peterosky(m): 8:57pm On Mar 30, 2018
This can only be village madness
Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Nobody: 8:58pm On Mar 30, 2018
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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by fergie001: 8:59pm On Mar 30, 2018
Roon9:
Why is the lady fully clothed!?
Since they following the scripture word for word, they should have only wrapped cloth around her groins na like the Bible pointed out

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by 6660M0666: 8:59pm On Mar 30, 2018
Sense has obviously eluded this people.

Why would you hurt yourself to thank God for Miracles or to ask HIM for miracles, unless you never understood the tenets of the religion you claim to practice.

I have seen fanatics, but these people are simply devoid of cognitive reasoning.

'That you're on the NARROW WAY does not mean you have to be NARROW MINDED'

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Re: Good Friday: 7 Catholic Devotees Nailed To Cross In Philippines (photos) by Johnbosco77(m): 9:00pm On Mar 30, 2018
It has been their tradition for many years....


They practice what they preach when it comes to lent...


Kudos Filipinos...

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