The Feast of the Transfiguration recalls how Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with Peter, James and John. While there Christ’s appearance was transformed with a glorious radiance.
The disciples observed Christ speaking with Moses and Elijah. They spoke of Christ’s departure and how this would bring fulfillment to Jerusalem.
A cloud enveloped the amazed and frightened the disciples and a voice came from the cloud saying “This is my beloved Son: hear him.”
The disciples now found themselves alone with Jesus.
This event shows forth the divinity of Christ and that his sacrifice on the cross was voluntary.
Accounts of the Transfiguration are found in the Gospels of Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9 and Luke 9:28-36, as well as the second Epistle of Peter 1:16-19.
28 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.
29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
32 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.
33 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.
34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.
35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
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 Light, glory to You!
On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God,
And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it;
So that when they would behold You crucified,
They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,
And would proclaim to the world,
That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!