Peru’s annual Señor de los Milagros processions began in Lima last Saturday and continue throughout the month.
One of South America’s largest Catholic celebrations has its roots in Peru’s colonial era, when a group of Angolan slaves painted the image of Christ on their quarters. The image survived earthquakes and other disasters, ultimately leading to its veneration by the Church.
Tens of thousands of faithful Catholics accompany the image walking various routes between historic churches in downtown Lima. On Saturday the procession circled the Sanctuary of Las Nazarenas on Tacna avenue.
Four more processions scheduled for Oct. 18, Oct. 19, Oct. 28 and Nov. 1 will ultimately pass through the historic center and the Plaza Mayor, Barrios Altos and the Virgen del Carmen church, Grau avenue and Breña.
The city of Lima limits some Metropolitano and Blue Corridor bus routes during the festivals.
Last year the Archdiocese of Lima published a mobile app which allows users to locate the image with GPS technology. The app also provides enhanced Google Maps with the each procession’s route and Señor de los Milagros history.
See images from the procession below.
RECORRIDOS 2015 (Archdiocese of Lima)