The Black Nazarene Image

The image of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church is a life-size image of Jesus Christ carrying a black wooden cross in a semi-kneeling position. Crowned with thorns and a diadem of three silver rays, the head of Nazareno portrays the suffering face of Christ. The image of Nazareno is garbed in elegant velvet maroon robes, embroidered with floral and plant motif in gold-colored threads accented with lace trimmings on its collar and cuffs. Around the waist of the image is a metal belt with the word NAZARENO while looped around its neck is a golden chain and ball that is held on the left hand of the image.

The image of the Black Nazarene was brought to the Philippines by an unknown Recollect priest from Mexico during the Galleon trade. From the Church of Recollect Fathers in Intramuros, it was transferred to Quiapo Church according to the wish of the Archbishop Manila at that time. Since then, the image of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno has been enshrined in the center altar of the Church where it is visible to thousands of devotees.