President Martin Vizcarra on Tuesday takes part —via videoconference— in the Solemn Mass and Te Deum held on the occasion of Peru's 199th Independence Day Anniversary celebrations
Officiated by Archbishop of Lima Monsignor Carlos Castillo, the religious ceremony takes place at the Basilica Cathedral in Lima.
Wearing the presidential sash, the Head of State
participates remotely from the chapel at the Government Palace, accompanied by his wife First Lady Maribel Diaz and following the health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Te Deum is an early Christian hymn of praise. The title is taken from its opening Latin words, rendered literally as "Thee, O God, we praise."
The hymn remains in regular use in the Catholic Church in the Office of Readings found in the Liturgy of the Hours, and in thanksgiving to God for a special blessing.