October is a historic month in the city of Lima. October is actually known as "mes morado" in Peru. Thousands of people show their devotion to "El Señor de los milagros" by wearing purple garments the entire month. This weekend marks the start of several major events commemorating the special month.
"The Lord of the Miracles" is an image that is carried through the streets of Lima. The processional is viewed by thousands of people. It is considered the largest processional in South America. The event dates back to colonial times when a slave brought to Peru painted the image of a black Christ on the walls of a simple shack. Legend claims that several attempts to remove the image where made. Nothing would remove the image. In 1746, a major earthquake leveled all the surrounding buildings but the wall containing the image remained intact. This led to widespread respect and worship for the image. Today it is carried through the streets on an elaborate display weighing more than a ton. Street vendors sell special food, clothing and commemorative items.
For us it is a sad serious of events. Tens of thousands of people gathering in the streets to see the image of a christ they hope will give them hope. Thousands of very religious people, yet with no personal relationship with the living Christ! This month we will see the influence of "purple month" here in Lima. We'll continue to share the message of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.