Saturday, August 6, 2011
Feast of the Transfiguration
Today, August 6th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
From the Gospel of Luke (from the readings in The Book of Common Prayer):
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. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. 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. 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. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of the those things which they had seen.
COLLECT: O GOD, WHO ON THE MOUNT DIDST REVEAL TO CHOSEN WITNESSES THINE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON WONDERFULLY TRANSFIGURED IN RAIMENT WHITE AND GLISTERING; MERCIFULLY GRANT THAT WE, BEING DELIVERED FROM THE DISQUIETUDE OF THIS WORLD, MAY BE PERMITTED TO BEHOLD THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY, WHO WITH THEE, O FATHER, AND THEE, O HOLY GHOST, LIVETH AND REIGNETH, ONE GOD, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN.