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The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, celebrated in Spanish the Mass in Honor of Our Lord of the Miracles at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Hartford, CT on Sunday, October 15, 2006. A prayerful procession through the adjacent streets of Hartford took place immediately following the Mass. An extension of the original procession celebrated since the 18th century in Lima, Peru, the Hartford version of Senor de los Milagros (The Lord of Miracles) dates back to the mid-1960's. The icon displayed in Our Lady of Sorrows, and carried through neighboring streets, is an exact replica of the original mural on display at Church of Las Nazarenas in Lima. The painting is reputed to have been created by an Angolan slave in 1651 on a wall where the Church of Las Nazarenas stands today. Despite irreparable damage being done to the surrounding area of the Church of Las Nazarenas over the centuries - including an earthquake in 1746 which leveled the surrounding buildings - the painting survived. Each October since the 18th century a religious brotherhood has arranged an annual procession of the painting through the streets of Lima in honor of the Lord of the Miracles. Peruvian immigrants brought this beautiful tradition to many communities in the United States and the custom lives on today in Hartford, CT through the dedication of the local chapter of Hermandad del Senor de los Milagros.
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