Convento de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Açores
The photograph for this post’s heading shows only a hint of Senhor Santo Cristo ensconced behind the grill. If you look through the top bar next to the column with the cherub, you will get a partial glimpse of the statue.
The annual feast of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres will take place in Ponta Delgada this May (week of 20-26) after a two-year absence due to the pandemic. I have already written about this quintessential Azorean religious and cultural festival that has taken place since 1700 and I invite you to have a look at my photos and the reflection I wrote in 2017, the last time I saw the procession in the Azores: TRAMPLED BY FAITH
The Azorean diaspora brought the love of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres to North America, where the feast is celebrated in Canada (Toronto, Brampton, Montreal), and the United States of America (Fall River, Massachusetts).
The last procession I attended in Toronto was in 2019: REVISITING THE FESTA DO SENHOR SANTO CRISTO DOS MILAGRES IN TORONTO
I am sure that the devotees of Senhor Santo Cristo are eager to celebrate His feast again. It will offer them moments of healing, of outpouring of grief and longing, of prayer for cures and miracles, and the obtaining of strength and peace of soul to endure the losses incurred during these last challenging two years of pandemic living. It will be a time to restore what has been lost. Assim seja!