Iglesia Ni Cristo is a religious group which has started its movement in the Philippines in 1914 by Felix Manalo. Its members are found all over the world but are mostly concentrated in the Philippines where its roots came. Here are more interesting facts about this global church:
A Very Important Founding Date
The Iglesia ni Cristo was founded on July 27, 1914. That day was the also the final day of the negotiations between Austro-Hungarian forces and Serbia. The next day they waged war with each other to which their allies backed them up, waging wars to their opponents as well. One thing lead to another until it became the even we of today know as World War I.
Image Source: incmedia.org
The bible is the basis of the INC’s beliefs. Everything they do both in daily life or in times of worship must abide to the rules given by God which are written inside the bible. The bible is also used as their main method of preaching the other non members to join them.
Image Source: www.yelp.com
An INC member will go to church at least twice a week though those times and days may differ on the church’s schedule. It can happen on a Wednesday or a Thursday, then a Saturday or a Sunday. INC members.
Image Source: eastsidenews.org
The church observes strict policies especially in the attire of their members when attending worship services. The attire must be formal at all times, with males wearing polos or barongs paired with slacks and black shoes. The females would wear dresses and very short or skimpy are not allowed.
Image Source: www.skyscrapercity.com
Another strict policy that must be implemented at all times during the worship is the placement of people. The assembly hall is usually divided into two rows of chairs. The other side is where the women would sit, on the other the men.
INC Special Worship Days
There are special worship days that every INC member deem important for it happens only once per year. The first two would be the midyear and yearend Pasalamat. The last one would be the Santa Cena held on the month of March.
Image Source: politics.com.ph
The Iglesia Ni Cristo is known in the Philippines for its bloc voting or voting as one. During elections, especially in the national level, the members would receive a list of who they will vote for and in turn will vote for them. This is to exercise the teaching that each member is part of the whole body working for one purpose and thus, it only needs one decision.
Image Source: cnnphilippines.com
The INC churches are uniquely designed but usually feature spires on each one making it easily recognizable by its members even from afar. The biggest one, the Central Temple, sits on a 10 hectare site on Quezon City. There are no altars or images inside the church, though there is a stage facing the whole assembly hall – the INC minister will stand here for the homily.
The leaders of the church started with Felix Y. Manalo. He passed away and was then succeeded by his son, Eraño G. Manalo or Ka Erdy. After Ka Erdy died, he was succeeded by his son, current Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo.
How Far INC has Spread
Image Source: www.rappler.com
From a very humble beginning, the Iglesia Ni Cristo has now spread all over the world. It’s now composed of 110 nationalities and has worship services in over 100 countries and territories. Still most of the members are still found in the Philippines, composing of 104 ecclesiastical districts.
REFERENCES: Rappler.com, ABS-CBNnews.com, TheSummitExpress.com, INC Fact Figures