The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Shalom, Y’All:

Welcome to the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.  Our Liturgy of the Word for Today is up and running on our Facebook page.

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Yours truly is the celebrant and homilist today, and…once more…I share some personal experiences from Holy Land trips as one of the sites that we visit each time is Mt. Tabor…the site of the Transfiguration.  The picture below is from the Church at the top of the Mt. of Transfiguration.

By the way…just so you know (as I say in my homily)…I am not promoting any upcoming trips. Lol.  I have already cancelled our 2021 trip and, who knows where we will be in 2022.  I am, frankly, sharing personal life-changing experiences from the life-changing pilgrimages to the land where Jesus walked.

Today’s readings are inserted below.

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Have a blessed Thursday.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken



A Reading from the Book of Daniel (7:9-10, 13-14)

As I watched:  Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool; his throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened and the books were opened.

As the visions during the night continued, I saw:

One like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.  The Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.


Psalm 97

R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.

The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. R.

The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory. R.

Because you, O Lord, are the Most High over all the earth, exalted far above all gods. R.

A Reading from the second letter of  Peter  (1:16-19)

Beloved: We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

A Reading from the Gospel of Matthew (17:1-9)

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.