Every year, thousands of Limenos (inhabitants of Lima, Peru) gather to celebrate the traditional "Our Lord of the Miracles" procession.
GV & LV Religious procession through vast crowd (2 shots)
TOP VIEW Ikon n procession
CU PAN FROM People wearing purple robes TO Ikon
CU Women in purple carrying burning embers
SV PAN FROM Road side vendor of religious pictures TO Child wearing purple
LV & CU Vendor sells candles embossed with picture of Christ (2 shots)
CU PAN INTERIOR Picture of Christ on religion footballers' changing rooms surrounded by lit candles and being touched by players before game (2 shots)
SV PAN Footballers touch another picture of Christ as they walk on to playing field
GV Crowded stadium
TV & LV Local team playing in purple and white stripes (2 shots)
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Background: Every year, thousands of Limenos (inhabitants of Lima, Peru) gather to celebrate the traditional "Our Lord of the Miracles" procession.
They attend an early-morning open air mass in the Church of Nazarenes before following the bier of "Nuestro Senor de los Milagros" in a massive day-long procession.
The figure of Christ, which is carried on the portable altar, is a replica of the original ikon which is kept in the Church of Nazarenes.
Members of the Brotherhood of Our Lord of the Miracles wearing colourful purple capes carry the bier. Every hundred paces they stop and place the bier on the ground while one of them, specially assigned to this task, places new flowers and wreaths on the bier as the old ones are removed.
The procession lasts several hours and ends at the Church of Nuestra Senora De Las Victorias (Our Lady of the Victories) only a few hundred yards away.
Several street vendors set up stalls selling religious pictures and candles embossed with the picture of Christ.
This year there was also a special football match. One of the teams wore purple and white striped shirts; purple is the colour traditionally associated with the procession. Before they move on to the field they prayed before a picture of Christ surrounded by lit candles.
SYNOPSIS: Each year thousands of Peruvians gather in Lima for the traditional "Our Lord of the Miracles" procession. A huge crowd attends an early-morning, open air Mass held at the Church of Nazarene.
After the Mass, they take part in a massive, day-long procession. The figure of Christ is carried on a portable altar. It's a replica of the original ikon which is kept in the Church of Nazarenes. Members of the Brotherhood of Our Lord of the Miracles wear colourful purple capes.
Street vendors are everywhere it seems. They set up stalls selling religious pictures and candles embossed with the picture of Christ.
Part of the celebration is a football match. But the religious significance of the day is not forgotten. In the footballers' changing room there's special place for prayers. The players all spent time praying before the game.
One of the team wears purple and white striped shirts. Purple is the colour traditionally associated with celebrations. Its' natural that football is included in the ceremonies because it's the most popular sport in Peru.