Samedi 17 octobre 2009 à 18h30
Pour la quatrième année consécutive, cette messe fut célébrée en présence des membres de la Brotherhood of the bearers of the Lord of miracles and the entire Latin American community of île-de-France, especially Peruvians who worship this representation of Christ especially, Lord of miracles, boss of Lima.
Cette messe étaserait présidée par Monseigneur Patrick JACQUIN, recteur-archiprêtre de la cathédrale, en présence du Père César TERRONES, Aumônier de la Communauté latino-américaine de Paris.
Por este segundo año, la Misa sera celebrada en presencia de los miembros de la Hermandad de Cargadores del Señor de los Milagros y de Co-munidad latinoamericana de Paris, en particu-lar de peruanos que veneran especialmente esta representacion de Jesucristo, « Señor de los Milagros » patron de Lima.
C’est ainsi que fut à nouveau portée en procession, depuis le bout du parvis jusqu’au chœur de la cathédrale, à dos d’hommes, cette représentation du Lord of miracles, representing more than three meters high and several hundred kilos.
ES ASI que nuevamente La Sagrada Imagen will be llevada en procesion, Desde la Esplanada hasta el altar Mayor de la Catedral, sobre los hombros de los Hermanos, esta representa-cion del "Señor de los Milagros" es de Tres metros de Altura y Varias centenas of kilos.
The image of the Lord of miracles qui fut portée en procession se trouve dans l’Eglise de Saint Albert le Grand à Paris (122 rue de la Glacière, XIII°).
In his homily of the first mass in the Cathedral for the "Lord of miracles", on 28 October 2006, Fr. César-Martin Terrones (o.p.), Chaplain of the Latin American community of Paris, recalled that for Peruvians and Latin-Americans, the story of the Lord of miracles is a story dating back more than 355 years. It is an experience of life with God through his son Jesus Christ. It is the result of the evangelization that our peoples received from the first missionaries who arrived on our continent. This message of salvation remained engraved in the hearts of the many generations, who, like Bartimée, found in Jesus Christ the faith in a God who loves us and saves us. And he concluded: Today, it is for us the opportunity to repeat the plain faith prayer of the blind man of the way before the image of the Lord of miracles: "Lord, I can see! Let yourself be present throughout my life, in men and in daily events, to discover the signs of your salutary presence and your call full of love!
In a letter addressed to Bishop André Vingt-Trois, Cardinal Jean-Louis Cipriani Thorne, Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru, thanked the Archbishop of Paris for hosting in Notre-Dame Cathedral those who, having left their homeland in search of a better future, manifest their religiosity according to their own expressions. He continued by pointing out that for the bloodhounds and all Peruvians, to think of the Lord of miracles, is to rise to the consideration of the Lord's love for our land. [...] The story of the blessed devotion to the Lord of miracles tells us of the divine goodness that lowers himself at the level of man and makes him experience his closeness through the relief brought to his needs. It is thus, because of the wonders wrought by God in his favour, that the Peruvian, for more than three centuries, has called Jesus Christ the Lord of miracles.
Because of this, as a response of love, it is important for the devotee of the Lord of miracles to walk with him, to accompany him in procession, to demonstrate love, gratitude and thanks. The Primate of Peru ended as follows: It is beyond doubt that, for my Peruvian brothers who live in Paris, it is a great consolation to be able to live there the experience of the procession, to accompany the image of the Lord, to carry it on his shoulders, to sing in his honour.
The "Lord of miracles"
By the grace of God, since 1651, the people of Lima have experienced, in a particular way, the merciful love of God through the blessed image of the Lord of miracles. The anonymous hand of a black slave was the means of God's use for the supremely blessed image of the crucified Lord to become the Centre of a devotion that leads to their realization of the prophetic words of our Lord Jesus Christ: "when I have been raised on Earth, I shall draw all men to me "(Jn 12.32).
Since then, and each time with greater intensity, the people of Lima have experienced the saving closeness of God through this image of the crucified that he called "the Christ of wonders". And the reason is that God, the only Lord, the one who has wrought wonders in the history of Israel, the one who realized the great marvel of salvation by redeeming man through the death and resurrection of Jesus, has operated wonders in Lima by through this prodigious image of Christ on the cross, for more than three and a half centuries, and that is why the Liménian people called him and called him "the Lord of miracles".
How many miracles have been attributed to such a venerable image! There is a whole history of miracles that testify that the blessed image is a real sign of divine kindness. But there is a miracle always new and always repeated, original and constant: the miracle of the conversion of so many men and women who, through the contemplation of Christ of color, have discovered or resumed the path of salvation! How many men and women, during these three and a half centuries, have discovered God's love for them and have decided to love him with sincerity contemplating this blessed image! How can we not be touched by contemplating in the image of the Lord of miracles the Supreme moment of love and the total gift of the son of God to us?
How many men and women from Lima and Peru, contemplating the Lord of miracles, were gratified by the great miracle to understand the Apostle's assertion: "he loved me and he indulged for me" (GAL 2.20)!
The great miracle of the Lord of miracles is that we constantly remember God's love for us men, the merciful love of God who redeems, saves, forgives, welcomes and offers a new life. That is why we are convinced that devotion to the Lord of miracles is the greatest gift God has made in Peru.
In this beautiful story of devotion to the Lord of miracles, a privileged place is the one occupied by the brotherhood of the Lord of miracles of the Nazaréennes, an ancient and meritorious institution which has the very important function of organising the procession of the image of the Lord of miracles, the greatest manifestation of popular faith in our country and one of the greatest expressions of popular religiosity from around the world.
What divine blessing and what responsibility to be part of the Nazarene family! This is undoubtedly a divine privilege, a vocation that entails a mission, the Mission of witnessing the merciful love of the Lord. A Nazarene brother must not only bear on his shoulders the image of the Lord throughout the course of the processions of October, he must still carry the Lord in his soul incessantly, and, with enthusiasm and courage, he must be able to give the testimony of the Savior's love of the Lord through his personal life and his words.
The Nazarene brother is to be made every day more brother of the Lord, more like him by putting into practice the love for the father and the love and service of the brethren, according to the way of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Witnessing the love of God who works miracles is the profound identity of the Nazarene brother, the purpose for which he has to work, with hard and firmness, and with the blessing of the Lord of miracles.
The profound value of devotion to the Lord of miracles and the importance of the Nazarene brotherhood that bears his name have hardly escaped the pastoral solicitude of the Vicar of Christ on Earth. That is why, on the occasion of the 350 years of worship dedicated to the Lord of miracles, in the year 2001, the Holy Father John Paul II, in a voluntary gesture, sent me a letter, in my capacity as Archbishop of Lima, in which he encourages a practice always faithful devotion to the Lord of miracles. This letter is undoubtedly a remarkable testimony of the importance of devotion to the Lord of miracles on our limenian land, a commitment of life to which the Lord calls us through his vicar on Earth, and also a a relic of a universal pastor of the selfless, generous and faithful Church.
Jean-Louis Cardinal Cipriani Thorne
Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru
LETTRE DU PAPE JEAN-PAUL II POUR LE 350éme ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA VENERABLE IMAGE DU « SEIGNEUR DES MIRACLES »
En 2001, pour le 350ème anniverssaire de cette vénérable représentation du Christ, le Pape Jean-Paul II exprima au Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Archevêque de Lima, toute son attention :
On the occasion of the special celebrations that take place when the 350th anniversary of the image of the Lord of miracles, patron of Lima and revered in the sanctuary of the Nazaréennes is fulfilled, I wish to send a loving greeting to this community Christian who, under the guidance of his pastors, gives thanks to God for the blessings received for centuries and especially, for the gift of the faith, strengthened by the help of this deeply rooted devotion in so many limenian generations..
Just as the people of every condition and origin, simple or noble, rested with confidence their eyes on the suffering Christ on the cross and eagerly came to Pachacamilla, so today we invite Christians not to stick to simple words, but to contemplate the face of the Lord, to reflect his light and to shine it before the generations of the new Millennium (cf. Novo Millenium Ineunte, 16.28).
That is why it is pleasing to me to know that this meaningful commemoration, centered above all on what is called "Liménian lent", has an eminently Jubilee character, of grace and forgiveness, of sincere conversion and of reconciliation, with the words of live in depth the mystery of the cross on which Christ redeemed all mankind.
Indeed, it is in him that is salvation, of the fact that he has defeated on the cross sin and his tyrannable power, so that all participate with him in the glory of the resurrection. This is the experience of devotees and pilgrims, sometimes burdened by the weight of their faults, their weakness or many other concerns that tear their hearts. They feel very deeply the words of Jesus: "come unto me..., and I will give you rest" (Mt 11.28). United to him, with the strength of grace that he continues to dispense us abundantly, and especially through the sacraments, we will also find Peter's audacity to rush us back into the waters, in spite of the darkest forebodings (cf LC 5.4).
In this circumstance, I feel spiritually United to the joy of so many Limenians and Peruvians due to this singular opportunity to meet again with Christ who wanted to manifest his intimate closeness through this secular image, and I urge them to renew their faith and fortify their hope. Each of them, as well as the Peruvian people as a whole, must avoid falling into discouragement in the face of adverse circumstances or seeking foreign and illusory refuges. The words of Jesus continue to be an inexhaustible source of vitality: "in the world, you will have tribulations. But keep your courage! I have defeated the world "(Jn 16.33).
I ask the Lord of miracles that he protect the Limenians, that he change those who carry on their shoulders his image in the bearers of Christ with also their faith and their witness of irreproachable life, that he transforms into true imitators of Jesus those who the Nazarene tunic, and that he spread his grace upon all who invoke him with devotion.
In recommending to the Virgin Mary, who was the one who followed most faithfully her son to the cross, the Carmelite community which continues the tradition of the "faithful guardians and servants" of the venerable image, as well as the pastors and the faithful of Lima, I vo us bestows the Apostolic Blessing with affection.
Vatican City, September 21, 2001, feast of St. Matthew, Apostle