Feast of The Great Miracle of Our Lady of Miracles at Lima Peru
On November 27, 1630, when most of the population of Lima was attending a bullfight in the main square, a violent earthquake struck the city. Confusion and panic were in everyone’s eyes, but some religious and faithful gathered in the Franciscan atrium, turning their gaze to the arch under which the Virgin Mary was placed. With amazement they realize that the image transformed by leaning herself towards the altar with folded hands as if to implore forgiveness and mercy to Her Divine Son present in the Tabernacle. At that point everyone understands that, thanks to the patronage of Mary, the city had been saved from ruin.
The altar of the Virgin of the Miracle
The witnesses of the miracle prepared to make it known to everyone, and in the same evening after the Vespers, the Friars Minor knelt in front of the venerated image to intone the antiphon “Tota Pulchra est Maria” (You are all beautiful, O Mary). To the amazement of everyone the statue resumed its original position in front of all those believers, curious or doubtful who were gazing at her. Our Lady always remaining with a sweet, smiling face and grateful to those who invoked Her holy name. The fact has been confirmed and recorded and the miracle of November 27 is celebrated every year.
On July 19, 1953, the sacred image was transferred to the Cathedral and crowned with gold.
The monumental church of San Francisco de Lima. It is located at the bottom right: the Chapel of the Miracle.
Now called “Our Lady of the Miracle”, the statue was given a magnificent new church. In 1835, the church was burned down. Only the statue remained intact. On June 19, 1953, the Papal Nuncio crowned the miraculous statue. The feast of Our Lady of the Miracle falls on November 27, the anniversary of the 1630 earthquake.
Today, unfortunately, the Nuestra Señora de Milagro seems to have fallen back into oblivion and indifference of many Limeños and provincials who inhabit the vast city. But, as in times of Fray Juan Gomez, we believe that the city is waiting for a general recovery of Marian faith and piety.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF MIRACLE
today I place myself
under your very special maternal protection.
Please protect me from all evil, spiritual or temporal.
Since you are Mother of Jesus
and Bride of the Holy Spirit,
please pray for me
and for me to obtain special favors
that I am asking to you in this moment.
I offer you my heart, dear Mother.
Let me be sincere and humble
before your Son Jesus,
to finally come
to the eternal joy of heaven.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed
art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.
Glory be, to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
a world without end. AMEN