FEASTS OF SENHOR SANTO CRISTO DOS MILGARES

Next weekend (8th and 9th of May), the city of Ponta Delgada would be celebrating in honor of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, however due to the pandemic situation known to all of us this will be the second consecutive year that this great community celebration will not take place.

Sanctuary of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres in festive time, Campo de São Francisco, Ponta Delgada

 

The feasts of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres in São Miguel island, held annually since the 17th century, are a prime example of the cult and devotion to Senhor Santo Cristo, being this one of the biggest religious manifestations in Europe that every year attracts thousands of devotees to the city of Ponta Delgada to venerate the beautiful image of Ecce Homo, through a huge procession that runs through the streets of the city. However, these festivities are the perfect occasion for the return of emigrants scattered around the world, mainly in the American continent, who return to their island to participate in this religious event, fulfilling their promises, and certainly to see their families again.

Procession of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, Ponta Delgada
Procession of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, Ponta Delgada, 1958

Promises to Senhor Santo Cristo, 1961
Mats for the solemn procession of Senhor Santo Cristo, Ponta Delgada

However, this festivity quickly spread to other islands of the Azores archipelago, namely Santa Maria and Graciosa, and also to the Diaspora. In this way, we witness the realization of numerous festivities in honour of Mr. Stº. Cristo all over the Azorean Diaspora:

-Canada, highlighting the feasts in Toronto, Brampton and Montreal;

-United States of America, more precisely in the cities of Fall River, Cambridge and others in Rhode Island;

-Bermuda.

Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo, Graciosa, Azores
Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo, Santa Maria Island, Azores
Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo, Toronto, Canada
Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo in Fall River, USA
Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo in Hamilton, Bermuda

 

Still, in some Azorean communities, the cult to Mr. St. Christ is not forgotten and, by initiative of the Casas dos Açores, as it happens in Rio de Janeiro, a small but meaningful commemoration is held.

 

Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo organised by the Casa dos Açores in Rio de Janeiro.
Feast of Senhor Santo Cristo organised by the Casa dos Açores in Rio de Janeiro.
Published on 6 May, 2021