Longest religious procession in the world

Men carry a replica of Peru's most revered religious icon, the "Lord of Miracles," during an Oct. 18 procession in Lima. Each year thousands of Catholics gather to commemorate the image's survival in a 17th-century earthquake that destroyed Lima. (CNS photo/Mariana Bazo, Reuters)

El ‘Señor de los milagros’ (Lord of miracles) is the longest procession known worldwide. It holds ecclesiastical meaning of faith and devotion.

It is a show of faith represented by faithful Peruvian pilgrims in the Catholic Church. It symbolises peace, unity, solidarity, love dedication and deep devotion. It is a fundamental time where people make an act of consciousness, regret their sins, and reconcile in a sincere manner to be more like Christ, according to Sección cultura Diario El Correo.

It is carried out every year in the month of October, lasting 40 days. Hundreds of faithful dressed in purple walk alongside the image del ‘Cristo moreno’ (Black Christ). The purple habit is a symbol of penance, and passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The image del ‘Señor de los Milagros’ was painted in the 17th century in Pachacamilla by a slave from Angola, named Pedro Dalcón. Pachacamilla is a place situated not far from Lima central, where the sanctuary of the Nazarenas is currently situated.

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