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.
Señor de los Milagros is the patron of Peru and is particularly
important among Peruvians of African ancestry.
More of Crosses and Crucifixes
Photographed at the
site by Richard Stracke