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The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

August 6

Epistle  •  2 Peter 1:16-19

Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Peter the Apostle.

[The Apostles were eyewitnesses of the majesty of Our Lord at the Transfiguration.]

Dearly beloved, We have not followed cunningly-devised fables, when we made known to you the power and presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ; but having been made eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory; this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.” And the voice we heard brought from Heaven, when we were with Him in the holy mount.

And we have the more firm prophetical word, whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.

Gospel  •  Matthew 17:1-9

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.  

[Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Thabor, manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.]

At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him.

And Peter answering said to 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. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face and were very much afraid.

And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man till the Son of Man be risen from the dead.

Read a Brief Summary: The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ