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Some Christians try to literally share in the suffering Jesus endured.
Some Christians try to literally share in the suffering Jesus endured. Crown of Thorns

A group of Christians in the Philippines allow themselves to be nailed to the cross in the way Jesus was, in order to honor him.

Along the Grand Strand, churches have live re-enactments of Jesus’s final days, but nothing like this:

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Screaming in pain, Filipino devotees had themselves nailed to wooden crosses to mimic the suffering of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.

Church leaders have spoken against the annual practice mixing Catholic devotion with folk belief, but it continues to draw big crowds, particularly in northern Pampanga province.

Painter Ruben Enaje, 54, was among half a dozen men whose hands and feet were rubbed with alcohol before locals dressed as Roman soldiers hammered sterilized nails into his flesh.

He has repeated the same act for the last 29 years as part of giving thanks after surviving a fall from a building. This year, he added a gadget— a small microphone near his mouth, although a technical glitch made it difficult to hear him utter Christ's last words.

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Would you even consider such a thing?

This Easter weekend, do you think that’s a sign of true dedication? Or something else?

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