The church that never sleeps, home to the famous Black Nazarene
The story of the Black Nazarene
In 1606 a ship arrived in Manila all the way from Mexico, on board was a life-sized image of Jesus Christ carrying a large wooden cross. What made it unique was that Jesus was not white but black. The dark portrayal of Christ was something not seen before and the image became an instant icon. For over four centuries, this miraculous statue has become an emblem of passion, struggle and faith for Filipino Catholics. The statue is said to have has survived the blazing fires that destroyed the church twice, two earthquakes, the floods of numerous typhoons and bombings during World War II.
The church that never sleeps
This church is always open, 24/7. During the day, it holds continuous Masses and healing services. During the night, the church shelters poor homeless people. As one of the two most important pilgrimage sites in Manila, the Archdiocese ordered: ‘The Church shall forever remain open to the public to worship, no matter what hour or day.’ The only other Manila Church that never closes its doors is the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Pasay City. Mass is every hour from 5am to 6pm (Mon-Sat) and from 4am to 8pm on Sundays.