Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville will celebrate Mass on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. in celebration of the Feast of El Divino Salvador del Mundo (the Divine Savior of the World).

The feast is a national holiday in El Salvador and is traditionally celebrated on Aug. 6, the day the Church marks the Transfiguration of the Lord. El Salvador, and its capital San Salvador, are named after the Divine Savior of the World. The observance of the feast dates back to 1525, the same year that the province of San Salvador was established.

Celebrations in honor of El Divino Salvador del Mundo take place throughout the country of El Salvador and wherever Salvadorans settled abroad. The festivities include Masses, religious processions, a fair, sporting events, a beauty contest, parties, street floats and dancers.

This year, because of to the pandemic, San Salvador Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas announced there will be no processions or other activities in celebration of the feast except for Mass.

The Aug. 8 Mass in the Archdiocese of Washington will be celebrated at St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring. The homilist for the Mass will be Father Mario Majano.

The Mass will be livestreamed on the Facebook and Youtube channel of Misión San Andrés, and can be accessed by visiting https://misionsanandres.org/

Salvadoran Catholics lead a statue of the Divine Savior of World through the streets of Washington in a previous celebration of the Feast of El Divino Salvador del Mundo. (CS file photo) Image caption