José Koechlin, founder of Inkaterra, commissioned the creation of this new publication in tribute to the ’Lord of the Miracles’. The purpose of this book is to provide a detailed insight into the story of the ‘Lord of Miracles’, from the origins of tradition in seventeenth century Lima until now, to its representation in Peruvian art and its current presence worldwide, being one of the world´s most popular expressions of faith.
This hardback book documents a milestone in history, showcasing work that exalts one of the most moving experiences of faith in the world. Following the religious procession in Lima during October, known as ‘El Señor de los Milagros’, Pope Francis exchanged gifts with the Peruvian President which included the recent Lord of the Miracles publication.
Lord of the Miracles is now available at major bookstores and via the Inkaterra website . The sale of this book will contribute to the social work performed by the Mothers of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery Nazarene, who not only guarded the sacred image of the Lord of Miracles, but also provide significant relief to the impoverished throughout the year. For further information please email us here.
October is Mes Morado (or purple month) in Lima, Peru, and the faithful dress from head to toe in purple as a sign of their devotion to El Señor de los Milagros (the Lord of Miracles).
This Christ figure, known for its miracle-working powers, is housed in the Church of the Nazarenes, and thousands of purple clad worshippers come to pray and make offerings during the month of October. There are several processions on different dates in October, including a 24 hour long procession which is one of the largest in all of the Americas annually. Tens of thousands of the faithful dressed in purple tunics, sing hymns and pray as they accompany a huge two tonne litter which bears the painting of the Christ from the church of Las Nazarenas. The smell of incense and the steady beating of drums add to the solemn atmosphere as the procession winds its way along the narrow, purple clad streets of Lima.
The origins lie in colonial times, when a slave drew an image of Christ on a wall. The wall with the image stayed standing despite an earthquake which destroyed all the building and many around it. Thus, this image has since become one of the most venerated in South America, and the church of Las Nazarenas was built around it.
The whole of October is classed as Purple month but key procession dates are October 18th, 19th, and October 28th. How are you celebrating this festive time in Peru? We’d love to hear!