Monday, August 15, 2016

Holy Transfiguration

Plus A Sharing: (From Subdeacon Ilarion Marr): The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord-Fri Aug 19 - for children and those new to the Faith

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TROPARION, SEVENTH TONE: 

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God,  showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure; shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending through the prayers of the Theotokos.  O Light-giver, glory to Thee.

KONTAKION, SEVENTH TONE: 

On the mount Thou wast transfigured,  and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear, beheld Thy glory, O Christ God;  so that when they should see Thee crucified, they would know Thy passion to be willing, and would preach to the world,  that Thou, in truth art the Effulgence of the Father.  

For those unable to attend Matins [or understand Slavonic] Tuesday evening Aug 18 here is the: 
Matins Gospel: 


The Holy Gospel according to:

Saint Luke 9:28-36

28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
29 And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering.
30 And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 But Peter and they that were with Him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw His glory, and the two men that stood with Him.
33 And it came to pass, as they departed from Him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son: hear Him.
36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
 The Epistle of Saint Peter:  

2 Peter 1:10-19

King James Version (KJV 1611)
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.
17 For He received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

The Holy Gospel according to: 

Saint Matthew 17:1-9

King James Version (KJV 1611)
17 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the light.
And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.
Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.
While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

          



 

From: ilarion.maharadze.marr@gmail.com
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:13:00 -0400
Subject: Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord-Fri Aug 19 - for children and those new to the Faith
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Fish is permitted on this Holy Day


From the 'Law of God' as published by the Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY 1996 page 290.

In order to strengthen the faith of His disciples, when they would see His suffering, Jesus Christ took three disciples, Peter, James and John, and led them up on a high mountain to pray.  According to ancient Church Tradition it was the beautiful Mount Tabor, covered with luxurious growth from the foot to the summit.  
As the Saviour was praying, the disciples slept from fatigue.  When they woke up, they saw Jesus Christ transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun and His garments became white as snow and glistened as light.  There appeared with HIm, in heavenly glory, two prophets, Moses and Elijah, and they were talking with Jesus about the suffering and death which He would have to endure in Jerusalem.  Extraordinary joy filled the hearts of the disciples during this time.  Peter exclaimed "Lord, it is well that we are here.  If you wish, I will make three booths here, one for You and one for Moses and one for Elijah," not knowing what he was saying.  Suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and they heard the voice of God the Father saying, "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.  Listen to Him!"

When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces.  Jesus Christ came to them, touched them and said, "Rise, and have no fear."  When the disciples lifted up their eyes, they saw Jesus Christ as He usually appeared.  As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus Christ commanded them to tell no one about the vision until He was raised from the dead.  Note: See the gospels of Saint Matthew 17:1-13, Saint Mark 9:2-13; Saint Luke 9:28-36

The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the glorious Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ, on August 19 [August 6 according to the Julian Calendar].  This day is one of the major feast days.  By His Transfiguration, the Saviour showed us how people will become in the future life, in the Kingdom of Heaven, if they follow God's Law, and how the entire earthly world will be transfigured.  The Lord also reminds us that we can be transfigured even now if we lead a truly Christian life. 

On the Feast of Transfiguration, after the Liturgy, fruit is brought to the church to be blessed for eating: grapes and, in general, fruit from orchards such as apples, pears and plums, in order to ask the Lord's blessing on the fruits of the harvest.  

Troparion, Seventh Tone: 
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure; shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending through the prayers of the Theotokos.  O Light-giver, glory to Thee. 

Kontakion, Seventh Tone: 
On the mount Thou wast transfigured and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear, beheld Thy glory, O Christ God; so that when they should see Thee crucified, they would know Thy passion to be willing, and would preach to the world that Thou, in truth, art the Effulgence of the Father.

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