A boy lights a candle as he joins a procession for Senor de los Milagros (Our Lord of Miracles). It's an annual celebration marked by an outdoor mass and procession. It's rooted in African culture. According to tradition, in 1651 an enslaved man from Angola, who had converted to Catholicism, painted the depiction of Christ crucified on the wall of a building in Lima. In 1655 a major earthquake hit the area destroying the building, but the wall adorned with the painting was unharmed. Another earthquake, in 1687, caused the building to collapse and again the wall with the painted image remained intact. This cemented the importance of the image to the faithful.
Our Lord of Miracles, Chulucanas, Peru

A boy lights a candle as he joins a procession for Senor de los Milagros (Our Lord of Miracles). It's an annual celebration marked by an outdoor mass and procession. It's rooted in African culture. According to tradition, in 1651 an enslaved man from Angola, who had converted to Catholicism, painted the depiction of Christ crucified on the wall of a building in Lima. In 1655 a major earthquake hit the area destroying the building, but the wall adorned with the painting was unharmed. Another earthquake, in 1687, caused the building to collapse and again the wall with the painted image remained intact. This cemented the importance of the image to the faithful. 

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