Catholic : Nailed To Cross
“Devoted Catholics have been nailed to a cross in an annual Good Friday tradition in the Philippines – even though the church does not approve of it.
One man, Ruben Enaje, was ‘crucified’ for the 33rd year in a row at the ceremony.
Enaje, 58, portrays Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death on Good Friday in front of crowds of foreign and local tourists in San Pedro Cutud village in Pampanga province.
Actors drove four-inch nails into both his hands and feet and lifted him on a wooden cross for around five minutes.
Enaje told reporters after his crucifixion that he continues the tradition to remind the world about the plight of Jesus Christ, and said he has decided to stop after next year’s rites.”[Screaming Catholic devotees nail themselves to wooden crosses for Good Friday – World News – Mirror Online]
[ Reviewed Unto Righteousness Below ]
Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom,
with their self-imposed worship, their false humility
and their harsh treatment of the body,
but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
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“Others were half-naked, using bamboo flails to hit their backs, which had been nicked with blades before the ritual.
The groups stopped to pray at several places along their route, while women recited religious verses.
“It is difficult yet rewarding,” said sixteen-year-old Job Christian Ong, the youngest in his group of devotees, adding that he believed himself cleansed of sin after the event.
He volunteered this year to continue a family tradition, he said, taking over from an older brother who is now abroad.”
[Screaming Catholic devotees nail themselves to wooden crosses for Good Friday – World News – Mirror Online]