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Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles
Cleveland Ohio - October 7, 2012

In Lima, Peru there is a highly venerated mural of the Lord of the Miracles (in Spanish: Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas).

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles icon

Just as Italians (and others) celebrate The Feast of the Assumption with parades and festivals, the people of Peru celebrate The Lord of the Miracles. It is the main Catholic celebration in Peru and boasts one of the largest processions in the world.

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles  procession in Cleveland Ohio

The mural is also known as "Black Christ" or "Christ of Pachacamilla", and shows Christ enduring the unimaginable pain of the crucifixion. Below and to the right of Jesus is his mother, the Virgin Mary with her heart pierced by a sword of sorrow. To her right at the foot of the cross is St. Mary Magdalene.

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles icon

The mural was painted in the 17th century by a black slave. In the 18th century most of the city of Lima was destroyed by a massive earthquake. The only article left standing and unharmed was the mural which stood as tall and unscathed as ever. Additional earthquakes followed but the mural was never harmed leaving many to believe it was indeed a miracle. Veneration of the mural continues to grow.

Every year in October hundreds of thousands of people celebrate the Lord of the Miracles in a procession through the streets of Lima. The boulevards are lined and decorated with purple adornments.

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles procession

October is Mes Morado (or purple month) in Lima. The faithful dress from head to toe in purple as a sign of their devotion to El Señor de los Milagros. Pilgrimages with believers from around the world come to Lima all throughout October for a chance to see and hopefully touch the mural and benefit from the miracles.

Pilgrims to Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles icon

Here in Cleveland this tradition is carried out at Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Catholic Church on Detroit Ave. 2012 is the 18th year the Mass of celebration and procession were held.

Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Catholic Church congregation

Close to 1,000 people were on hand to witness and participate.

Senor de los Milagros - Lord of the Miracles icon procession

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova who was visiting from Salvador. He was assisted by Deacon Ignacio Miranda.

Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova and Deacon Ignacio Miranda

Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova and Deacon Ignacio Miranda

Video of the Procession of the Lord of the Miracles, (El Señor de los Milagros) icon into the Church.


Enjoy these other images from the celebration.

Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova and Deacon Ignacio Miranda on altar


Preparing the icon of the Lord of the Miracles for the Procession

Preparing the icon of the Lord of the Miracles for the Procession


Preparing the icon of the Lord of the Miracles for the Procession


Preparing the icon of the Lord of the Miracles for the Procession


Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova

Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova




The Lord of Miracles - Señor de los Milagros


Dora Rivas

Dora Rivas


Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Choir

Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Choir


Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland

Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Lord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova

Fr. Manuel de Jesus Cordova


Juana Carvajal

Juana Carvajal


Mass at Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Church


Deacon Ignacio Miranda and Deacon Fred Simon

Deacon Ignacio Miranda and Deacon Fred Simon


Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Church


Armando Idiaquez

Armando Idiaquez


Mass at Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Church


Miguel Rivas

Miguel Rivas


ord of the Miracles procession in Cleveland


Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Choir

Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Choir


Mass at Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Church


Couple at Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Church

Wearing purple - Mes Morado


Mass at Iglesia La Sagrada Familia Church


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