Lord of Miracles

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Mural Señor de los Milagros painted in Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas at Lima in Perú

Lord of Miracles (in Spanish: Señor de los Milagros de Nazarenas) is an image painted of Jesus Christ that is venerated in Lima, Peru. The image was painted during the 17th century by an unnamed African taken from Angola to Peru as a slave. It is the main Catholic festivity in Peru and one of the largest processions around the world.

Christ is shown enduring the pain of crucifixion. Above the cross is the Holy Spirit and God the Father. Below and to the right of Jesus is his mother, the Virgin Mary with her heart pierced by a metaphorical sword of sorrow and to her right at the foot of the cross is St. Mary Magdalene.

Every year, in October, hundreds of thousands of faithful from all races and economic backgrounds celebrate the Lord of Miracles in a religious procession through the streets of Lima. The boulevards are dressed in purple on October 18, 19, and 28 to celebrate the Lord of Miracles.

Its name originated in a massive earthquake in the 18th century, which destroyed most of the city leaving only that mural standing. This is considered a miraculous occurrence by many living there.

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