A joyous feast! Transfiguration of Christ celebrated today

Icon of the Transfiguration of Christ, from St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio

The icon of the Transfiguration of Christ, located inside our church.

The Transfiguration of Christ is one of the central events recorded in the Gospels. When our Lord was recognized by His apostles as the Christ – the Messiah – the Son of the Living God, He told them: He must go up to Jerusalem…and suffer many things…and be killed and on the third day be raised. (Matt. 16) The announcement of Christ’s approaching passion and death upset the disciples. And then, after correcting them, the Lord took Peter, James and John up to the high mountain, by tradition, Mt. Tabor, and was “transfigured before them and His face shown like the sun and His garments became white as snow and behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elia talking with them.” The event of the Transfiguration teaches us that God fulfills His promise to man. But the fulfillment is greater than any man could possibly realize. The Savior who was sent is not just a messenger but the Son of God in human flesh. The mystery of the Transfiguration teaches us that the fullness of the Godhead is found in Jesus and that the DWELLING PLACE OF GOD IS WITH MAN. In the Transfiguration, the apostles see the glory of the kingdom of God present in majesty and in the person of Jesus the Christ. They see this before the Crucifixion so that in the Resurrection that might know Who He is Who suffered for them, and WHAT it is that this Jesus – Who is both God and Man – has prepared for those who love Him and His Heavenly Father. The glory of God has appeared in Jesus. This Feast is celebrated on August 6. Grapes and other fruits are blessed on this day.