The Transfiguration of Christ

August 6thThe Transfiguration
Troparion (Tone 7)
When Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, Thou didst show Thy glory to Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Thy everlasting light illumine also us sinners through the intercessions of the Mother of God. Giver of Light, glory to Thee.

Like at His Baptism, all three Persons of the Trinity were revealed. The voice of the Father spoke to the disciples saying “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” The Holy Spirit appeared as the dazzling Uncreated Light. Christ is shown on top of the mountain surrounded by a huge sun-like design representing the Uncreated and Great Light. Moses, to Christ’s left, is holding the Law showing that Jesus is the Christ, the fulfillment of the Law. Elijah, to Christ’s right, is supplicating God. Below the disciples, Peter, James and John fall to the ground in amazement. They too will be transfigured by God and granted to gaze upon the Light of all. This should be our hope as well.  

God used earthly things to reveal the Trinity to us, thus reminding us that the earth is still holy.  Despite man’s corruption, the earth remains as good as the day He created it.  We must remember that and care for the earth, preserving the earth and the air that contains the light. 

This Icon is by the hand of Nicholas Papas. It is from St. Philip’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Souderton, PA.

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