Lord of Miracles: Sacred image carried through streets of New York City

12:56 | Lima, Oct. 19.

The venerated image of "Señor de los Milagros" (Lord of Miracles) has been carried through the streets of the borough of Manhattan in New York City amid the religious fervor of hundreds of faithful devotees from the Peruvian community in said U.S. locality.

The procession took place after a Mass celebrated in honor of the "Christ of Pachacamilla" at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

The religious activity, organized by the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles in New York, kicked off early on Sunday, October 17, on Fifth Avenue.

Hoisted on an almost 3 ton gold and silver platform, the image made its triumphal entry into Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, where the Mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, accompanied by Monsignor Guillermo Cornejo, who had arrived from Peru to participate in these religious activities.

The organizers reported that New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of October as the Day of the Lord of Miracles in said city.

With drums, cymbals, female singers, and 'sahumadoras' —women carrying smudging incense burners— the image of the "Black Christ" was carried through the streets of Manhattan for more than five hours until it reached the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

During the journey, the faithful showed faith and devotion in gratitude for the miracles attributed to "Señor de los Milagros."

Traditional procession canceled in Peru

It is worth mentioning that the traditional Lord of Miracles procession in Peru has been cancelled for second consecutive year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the image of the dark-skinned Christ will be on display from October 10 to 31 at Las Nazarenas Church to give people the chance to venerate it.

According to Maria Rosa Alvarez, head of communications for the Brotherhood of the Lord of Miracles, devotees are allowed to visit the hall where it is kept from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm and must adhere to safety protocols while doing so.

About Lord of Miracles

Known as the Christ of Pachacamilla, Lord of Miracles constitutes Peru's most heavily attended religious festivity and is celebrated by all strata of society in homage to the Crucified Christ.

This image is a replica of a centuries-old mural of the crucifixion painted by a slave in the 17th century.

The Lord of Miracles became a motive for worship after the wall on which it was painted miraculously survived a destructive earthquake unscathed.


Published: 10/19/2021