Friday, August 6, 2010

El Salvador del Mundo

Today, the feast of the Transfiguration, is for the capital city of San Salvador - and for the country as a whole - the country's patronal feast of El Salvador del Mundo, the savior of the world. This photo is from the parade in downtown San Salvador a couple of years ago, borrowed from the internet as nothing would lure me to the capital on this day of crowded and jubilant fiesta.

Almost everyone had yesterday and today off: school is out and for many, the whole week has been free for enjoying "the August festivals." Here, as during Holy Week and Christmas Week, the religious and secular holidays bump shoulders, with processions and firecrackers and dances and parades and trips to the beach all blending together in a happy stew - ¡Fiesta! ¡Que disfruten! Have a great time, everyone!

But the more solemn reality of this feast was beautifully stated by Monseñor Romero on the 6th of August, 1977: "I tell you, beloved Catholics, that all of us, the Church, are the Transfiguration of Christ: a people illuminated by faith, encouraged by a great hope, held together by a great love. We are in truth the glory of the Lord, most when we are conscious that this glorious name of our country is a gift of favor of the Lord."

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