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Prayer for the Feast of the Transfiguration

Today, we look back at the fateful time when Jesus went on a trip to Mount Thabor with Saints Peter, James, and John.

The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated to honor the transfiguration of Jesus Christ—wherein He enjoyed for a short while in Mount Thabor with St. Peter, St. James, and St. John a year before His predestined Crucifixion and Resurrection in Jerusalem.

According to readings, the purpose of the Transfiguration was to give courage and strength to Jesus’ Apostles who, upon learning of their Master’s fate, felt down and discouraged. The celebration was to let St. Peter, St. James, and St. John understand the vastness of Jesus’ redeeming work and its two phases: the Cross and the Glory—which means that we shall be glorified with Him only if we first suffer with Him.

In Mount Thabor, Jesus appeared in His glory in the presence of the three Apostles. A ray was diffused over His whole body, His face was altered and shone like the sun, and His garments became white as snow. And while the Apostles were in awe of the glorious vision, there suddenly came a bright shining cloud from heaven—an emblem of the presence of God’s majesty—and from out of this cloud a voice was heard which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Read: What do eggs have to do with Christ’s resurrection?)

The Franciscan Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in Israel. Mount Tabor is traditionally identified as the Mount of Transfiguration. (Photo from Bantosh / Wikipedia)

Known to be among the twelve Great Feasts in Byzantine Catholicism and Orthodoxy, the Feast of the Transfiguration is considered to be a major feast that is observed every 6th day of August. This year 2020, the feast is celebrated today, Thursday.

Prayer for the Feast of the Transfiguration

At the Transfiguration, Father, You showed Jesus in glory, a glimpse of what His disciples would see in His risen life.

Bless us in our humanity, with an awareness of Your presence, leading us to share in Your divine life even in our daily struggle.

Help us to deepen our knowledge of the Law and the Prophets, channels of Your grace throughout history, and signposts for our journey.


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