- Posted October 21, 2013 by
Manhattan, New York
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Devotees of Lord of Miracles
They believe in miracles.
Peruvian community gathered together and showed their faith at the annual Lord of Miracles procession in New York City on October 20.
The celebration started with a mass at St. Patricks’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue where the procession began and ended at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church on 9th Avenue. The replica of the sacred image was carried by brotherhoods who took turns during the procession. Women dressed in purple robes were burning incense and singing songs of praise.
History says that the Lord of Miracles is a painted image of dark skinned Jesus Christ dressed in a purple robe by an African slave in the 17th century. There were massive earthquakes in the 18th century that devastated most of the city, except for a wall in a small church with the painting.
In Lima, Peru, the entire October is dedicated in honor of the Lord of Miracles. Processions and festivities are held to celebrate the annual biggest Catholic Peruvian occasion, and also known as the largest procession in South America. This tradition was brought to New York City in 1972, and the annual procession is celebrated every 3rd Sunday in October.
Some Peruvians in New York have been joining the Lord of Miracles procession since it started here in 1972.
Devotees believe that the sacred image of Jesus Christ has performed miracles in their lives.