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Extreme Devotion: Filipinos Relive Crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday

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In a unique and intense display of religious devotion, Filipinos reenacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday. This annual tradition, taking place in various rural communities in the Philippine province of Pampanga, drew in hundreds of spectators.

One of the central figures in this event is Ruben Enaje, a 63-year-old carpenter and sign painter, who was nailed to a wooden cross for the impressive 35th time. Enaje, known for his portrayal of Christ during Lent, dedicated this year’s crucifixion to praying for peace in conflict zones such as Ukraine, Gaza, and the South China Sea.

Before the crucifixion ceremony, Enaje expressed his contemplation of ending his annual religious penance due to his age. However, he couldn’t refuse the villagers’ requests for prayers for their sick relatives and other hardships.

The need for prayers intensified amidst the alarming conflicts worldwide. Enaje highlighted the impact of the wars in Ukraine and Gaza on global prices of essential goods, affecting even the Philippines. He also emphasized the concerns regarding the territorial conflict between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Despite the disapproval from religious leaders, the annual crucifixions have become a tradition in the Philippines, reflecting a unique blend of ecclesiastical practices and popular superstitions.

This year’s event saw ten faithful individuals, including Enaje, being crucified or tied to crosses across three different sites. The extreme acts of devotion, although controversial, continue to attract both locals and tourists.

While the Ministry of Health has advised against practices that result in physical harm, the fervent participants, like Enaje, remain dedicated to their intense expressions of faith, hoping for personal miracles and divine intervention.

Rachel Adams

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