Feast of the Transfiguration – Преображение Господне

Greetings on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord!

For those who observe the Julian Calendar, today is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The events of this holyday are recorded in all three synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

In the last year of His public ministry, the Lord, in anticipation of His approaching suffering and death, began to reveal to His disciples that…

he must go to Jerusalem. There he must suffer many things from the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law. He must be killed and on the third day rise to life again” (Matthew 16:21). 

The Lord’s words greatly saddened the Apostles, especially Peter, who began to rebuke the Savior, saying,

“Never, Lord! This will never happen to you!” (Matthew 16:22).

Aware of the disciples’ grief and wishing to alleviate it, Jesus promised to reveal His glory to several of the disciples: 

“What I’m about to tell you is true. Some who are standing here will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom” (Matthew 16:28).

This Is My Beloved Son

Transfiguration 3“About eight days after Jesus said this, he went up on a mountain to pray. He took Peter, John and James with him. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed. His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in shining glory. Jesus and the two of them talked together. They talked about how he would be leaving them soon. This was going to happen in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been very sleepy. But then they became completely awake. They saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter spoke up. ‘Master,’ he said to him, ‘it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters. One will be for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ Peter didn’t really know what he was saying. While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them. The disciples were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud. It said, ‘This is my Son, and I have chosen him. Listen to him.’ When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept quiet about this. They didn’t tell anyone at that time what they had seen” (Luke 9:28-36).

Commemorating the Feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration, we beseech the Lord to enlighten our souls with divine light and grace!  

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