The Feasts of Santo Cristo dos Milagres have remained the largest religious festival in the Azores since the late 16th century. Traditionally taking place on the 5th Sunday after Easter, thousands flood the brightly decorated streets of Ponta Delgada to pay tribute to and re-affirm their commitment to the lord.
This days-long celebration attracts many second and third generation Azorean descendants to return to their roots and participate in this rich cultural and historic festival. A 500+ lb. statue of the Lord Christ is paraded from Church and Convent of Esperança along with a procession of music, dancing, and elaborate decoration as the festivities commence.
After being the principal celebrant at the Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres in 2017, Fall River Diocese Bishop da Cunha said he was most impressed with the display of “enthusiasm, commitment, joy and giving spirit” of the people in relation to Senhor Santo Cristo.
“They are so focused; it’s truly another spiritual dimension,” said the bishop, who was also the homilist at the Solemn Eucharist.
The 2020 festivities were cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, making the 2021 celebration “a must” for your travel bucket list.
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