Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ

Transfiguration of Christ

On the mount Thou wast transfigured, and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; 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.

Arise, ye sluggards, wallow not for ever on the ground; ye thoughts, which bend my soul toward the earth, bestir yourselves, and mount up to the height of divine ascent. Let us run with Peter and the sons of Zebedee, and let us go with them to Mount Tabor, that with them we may see the glory of our God and hear His voice; for when they had heard it from on high, they preached the Effulgence of the Father.

On the sixth of this month we commemorate the divine Transfiguration of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ.

    Tabor was glorified above earth’s every region
    When it looked upon God’s nature shining in glory.
    On the sixth Christ transformed His form as a man.

Kontakion, Oikos, and Synaxarion readings for August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, from the August Menaion by The Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, MA.

halfway there!

1Holy Cross“Every hard and strenuous work is accomplished with great difficulty, which appears especially in the middle of such work; for the effort in this performance brings with it fatigue which makes the accomplishment of the rest difficult. Having arrived with God’s grace at the middle of the Fast, our compassionate Mother—the Holy Orthodox Church—thought fit to reveal to us the Holy Cross as the joy of the world and power of the faithful to help us carry on the struggles of the divine Fast.

By its power, O Christ God, preserve us from the crafty designs of the evil one and account us worthy to worship Thy divine Passion and life-giving Resurrection, as we achieve the course of the Forty Days with ease, and have mercy on us, as Thou alone art good and the Lover of mankind. Amen.”

From the Synaxarion, on the Third Sunday of the Great Fast

Lent seems to be going by so quickly this year! Only three Sundays left before Holy Week….