El Señor de los Milagros

Also called El Cristo de Pachacamilla, the image of the Señor de los Milagros was created in 1651 by a Peruvian of Angolan descent.  It was one of the few survivors of the great Lima earthquake of 1655, and consequently has been the object of celebrations and processions every October.

At left is one of many copies of the image, from the church of Santa Maria della Luce, Rome.  Like most others, it shows the Father leaning in from the upper right, a dove directly above the "INRI" scroll, a sun and moon above the crossbeam, Mary with her heart pierced by a sword, and St. John on his knees, the whole in a frame with two angels standing at its base.

El Señor de los Milagros is the patron of Peru and is particularly important among Peruvians of African ancestry.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.