Peruvian faithful pay homage to Lord of Miracles

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:34 GMT, Oct 19, 2017 |

Thousands of worshippers dressed in purple robes paraded a revered icon through Peru’s capital on Wednesday (October 18) in a tradition dating from 1687 when a mural depicting the same image of Jesus Christ escaped unscathed in a powerful earthquake.

The procession of the Senor de los Milagros (Lord of Miracles), a mural picturing a dark-skinned Jesus that is said to have been painted in a shrine by an Angolan slave, has drawn crowds of Roman Catholic devotees for centuries.

The icon is a copy of the mural, which is revered for its powers to cure the sick and protect against tremors in the Andean country.

Originally worshipped by Afro-Peruvians, the Senor de los Milagros has become Peru’s best-known icon and has inspired worshipers around the world.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, his wife, First Lady Nancy Lange and Peruvian Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz, saluted the icon, leaving the government palace to do so.

Peruvian historian Maria Rostworowski links the tradition to the Andean deity Pachacamac, who was believed to control earthquakes.

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