Jesus of Philadelphia

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, carries a 12 foot cross 8 miles through this blighted area of North Philadelphia towards LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. As many as a half dozen others joined him for numerous miles as he trekked southward down Broad Street. Some shouted “Praise Jesus!” and “Thank you for doing this!” at the sight. Nearly everyday for the last 8 months, Grant has dressed as Jesus Christ, and walked the streets of Philadelphia to share the Christian gospel by example. He quickly acquired the nickname of “Philly Jesus”, which he has gone by ever since. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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With the Philadelphia skyline behind him, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, looks towards the afternoon sun on December 18, 2014. Nearly everyday for the last 8 months, Grant has dressed as Jesus Christ, and walked the streets of Philadelphia to share the Christian gospel by example. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, sips from a free cup of water at a Wendy’s restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, waits at a traffic light while walking on the Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, walks the center city streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, adjusts his attire at a restaurant restroom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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After checking his social media accounts, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, departs an Apple Store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, exits Macy’s department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, helps a homeless man to his feet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Rothman Ice Rink skate guard Ronnie Matthews, 24, laces up ice skates for a praying Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, adjusts Christmas ornaments with his walking staff at Rittenhouse Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Using his walking staff as a makeshift hockey stick, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, skates at Rothman Ice Rink in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, prays with a beggar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Hartley, 21, visiting from England, listens to counsel by Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Leah DeTommaso, 19, Alisyn Davidson, 19, and Taylor Moran, 18, ask to take a photograph with (center) Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, on December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, greets a pedestrian wearing a ring with a cross in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, lifts a fallen Christmas decoration in the courtyard of Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Two enthusiastic women greet Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, poses for a portrait beside a sculpture of Santa Claus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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(L-R) Christine Tyson and JoAnne Gilley pray with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, inside Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, poses for a portrait in Philadelphia, PA alleyway on December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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(L-R) Brigit Curran, Gail Render, and Alison Nardello request a photo taken with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, (center) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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A police officer asked to take a photograph with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, inside Philadelphia City Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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(L-R) Emily Harton, Shana Harton, and Paige Heenan ask to take a photo with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, (center) at Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, greets Santa Claus at Macy’s department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, poses for a portrait at Macy’s department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 18, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Asked for help on the street by a beggar, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, gives $9 to help with transportation costs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Visitors to Rothman Ice Rink ask to pose for a photo with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, searches for a taxi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 14, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Jayden Hensley, 39, (L) prays with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, before he carried a 12 foot cross 8 miles through North Philadelphia to LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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As seen through a subway station’s glass walled exterior, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, carries a 12 foot cross 8 miles from North Philadelphia towards LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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A man puts change into a parking meter as Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, carries a 12 foot cross 8 miles through North Philadelphia to LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Casey Green, 4, poses with Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in a break from his carrying a 12 foot cross 8 miles through North Philadelphia to LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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While visitors pose for photographs with a Santa Claus dinosaur, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, walks through the Christmas Village in LOVE Park towards the nativity scene after carrying this 12 foot cross 8 miles through North Philadelphia to Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, carries a 12 foot cross 8 miles past a mural depicting Noah’s Ark in North Philadelphia towards LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Upon reaching LOVE Park in Center City, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, lifts the 12 foot cross he had carried 8 miles through North Philadelphia as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, poses for a portrait in front of a store window featuring crucifixes with the 12 foot cross he carried 8 miles through North Philadelphia to LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Supporters Jayden Hensley, 39, and Ryan Bolli, 42, assist Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in lowering the 12 foot cross he had carried 8 miles through North Philadelphia to Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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As a pedestrian looks on, Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, hands a supporter his iPhone and headphones after saying goodbye to a friend, while holding a 12 foot cross which he carried 8 miles through North Philadelphia to LOVE Park in Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, clutches the 12 foot cross he had carried 8 miles through North Philadelphia to Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Supporters (L-R) Jason Krieck, 38, Ryan Bolli, 42, and Nando Fuselli, 38, assist Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, in lashing the 12 foot cross to a truck following his 8 miles cross walk through North Philadelphia to Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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Supporter Jason Krieck, 38, gives Michael Grant, 28, “Philly Jesus”, a ride home after he had carried a 12 foot cross 8 miles from North Philadelphia to Center City as part of a Christmas walk to spread the true message of the holiday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 20, 2014. (Photo by Mark Makela/Reuters)

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