Contact: Betty Bernal
The Brotherhood of The Lord of the Miracles is a Peruvian congregation that comes together each October from communities all over Rhode Island as well as other surrounding states to celebrate “The Lord of the Miracles”, Senor de los Milagros de Nazarenas.
The Lord of the Miracles is a painting of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ that is venerated in Peru and by Peruvians throughout the world. The original mural was painted by a black slave in the 17th century in a small town in Peru. Tradition says that the painter, with no formal education in painting, created the masterpiece through divine inspiration and strong faith. The image is of Christ enduring the pain of crucifixion. Above the cross is the Holy Spirit and God the Father. Below and to the right of Jesus is his mother, the Virgin Mary, with her heart pierced by a metaphorical sword of sorrow. To the right of Mary, at the foot of the cross, is St. Mary Magdalene. The veneration of the painting began when the mural survived a major earthquake that devastated Lima during the 18th century. Believers started to visit the mural and many miracles were soon attributed to it. As a result, it became known as the “Lord of the Miracles” and now is the Patron Saint of Lima.
Every year, in October, hundreds of thousands of faithful from all races and economic backgrounds celebrate the Lord of Miracles in a religious procession through the streets of Lima. It is one of the largest processions in the world. (Click here for article about Lima procession.)
Devotion to the Lord of the Miracles began in Rhode Island on October 18, 1993 when a group of Peruvian parishioners at Mt. Carmel Church on Atwells Avenue in Providence came together for a Mass of celebration in honor of their homeland tradition. Ten years later in June 2003, twenty-one Peruvian families founded the Brotherhood of the Lord of the Miracles. Through personal donations, they purchased a magnificent copy of the image.
In September 2014, the Church of St. Mary welcomed the painting after a 10-year stay at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Today, the paintings are housed in the Chapel at the Church of St. Mary.
The next Lord of the Miracles Celebration will be October 11, 2015 which will include a solemn procession followed by a festive reception. All are welcome.