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16 August 2005, 04:00
The Transfiguration

"You were transfigured on the mount, O Christ God, revealing your glory to your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let your everlasting light shine upon us sinners! Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Life, glory to you!"

The Transformation

The Feasts of the Transfiguration or Transformation comes at the time of harvest in August when the grain and the fruit are ripened for harvest. The fruit has grown and shown it true nature and then in gathered. On the day of Christ’s transformation, His full nature, both human and divine, was shown. Now it was time for Christ to do most of His work. It was time for Him to gather together all the people and teach them how God wanted them to live.

About six days after John baptized Jesus, Jesus took three of His disciples with Him to a high mountain. At that moment Jesus showed His true being. He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun. His garments became white as light. The prophets, Moses and Elijah appeared with Christ and He was talking to them. A cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him". When the disciples saw and heard this they fell on their faces and were filled with awe. Jesus came to them and touched them. He said, "Rise and have not fear. "When they got up Moses and Elijah were gone, and they only saw Jesus. (Matthew 17:1-13)

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