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Devout Christians Getting Nailed to the Cross on Good Friday

Updated On 21 Apr, 2019 Published On

Devout Christians were nailed to a cross in an annual Good Friday (19th April 2019) tradition in, Philippines, even though the church does not approve of this practice.

Ruben Enaje was laid on the cross for the 33rd time in a row at the sacred ceremony.

Enaje, 58, portrayed Jesus Christ's crucifixion and his death on Good Friday in front of hundreds of foreign and local tourists in San Pedro Cutud village located in Pampanga province.

Other ceremony goers drove four-inch nails into both Ruben's hands and feet and lifted him on a wooden cross for about five minutes.

After the crucifixion, Enaje informed that he continues the tradition to remind the world about the sufferings of Jesus Christ, and also confirmed that he has decided to stop after 2020's rites.

A total of nine people took part in three separate crucifixion sites, which the Catholic Church constantly deemed as unnecessary.

Dozens of barefoot devotees also whipped themselves and carried large wooden crosses on their shoulders on Thursday as they participated in the Good Friday ritual in Asia's biggest Catholic nation.

Other men wearing red robes with their faces covered and hands bound behind the crosses, walked for long hours in the province of Pampanga, about 55 miles away from the capital, Manila.

Some devotees, half-naked, using bamboo sticks to hit their backs, which had been infused with blades before the ritual.

The religious groups stopped at several places along their tour to pray, while the women within the recited religious verses.

Job Christian Ong, the youngest in the groups said

It is difficult yet rewarding,

Job volunteered to continue his family's tradition, which he took over from an older brother who is currently abroad.