For the Orthodox, since the time of the apostles, going to church has never been just
“going to church”. It is not “prayers I could do at home.” The gathering of the church is
the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, the coming together of the entire Body of Christ,
the Lord’s family, to celebrate His presence in the Gospel and in the Holy Communion.
“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Who would not want to be there where the Lord is?
The Voice of St. Stephen.
St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, Lackawanna, New York, Vol. 21, No.6.
November-December 1997, p. 2.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The continuing joy of the Feast of the Transfiguration
The transcendence of time on Mt. Tabor.
Jesus, Moses and Elijah on the mountain together.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 7 - Attended Flower Show in Masontown.
August 11 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
August 11 - Attended funeral service for +Deborah Ann Gencel.
August 12 - Went to Shadeland for Diocese Day.
August 13 - Went to VA Hospital in Pittsburgh.
August 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va for Akathist and Adult Class.
August 17 - Went to St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa for funeral of +Mary Torbich.
Wisdom of Solomon 11:23
But thou art merciful to all, for thou canst do all things,
and thou dost overlook men’s sins that they may repent.
The Feast of Transfiguration
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James and John his brother, led them up on a high
mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun,
and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here;
if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice
came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. But Jesus
came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” When they had lifted up their
eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded
them saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”
The Feast of Transfiguration is exceedingly joyous. Christ being transfigured on
the mountain is an image always to contemplate. The serious believer will constantly
be affected by the radiance of Christ.
The serious believer will always consider the place of Moses and Elijah together
with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Apostles Peter, James and John were singularly
blessed to witness the transfiguration. History changed forever that day.
Consider the origin of the voice coming out of the cloud praising the Lord Jesus
Christ and identifying Christ as His beloved Son. Believers are called to look beyond
themselves and join with Peter, James and John in this experience.
Believers are challenged to consider their personal lives and determine if their
personal lives reflect the glory of God demonstrated on this Feast of the Transfiguration.
Does the believer’s understanding of God reach to heights and glory of Christ being
joined by Moses and Elijah? Does the believer’s understanding of God behold with great
awe the origin of the voice coming out of the cloud?
Each year as believers experience the Feast of Transfiguration, great personal change
is expected. Celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration is expected to draw the
vision of believers to new heights and new understanding.
Growth in Christ is a constant expectation. Experiencing completeness and joy in
Christ is always the desired goal. Believers are summoned to shed the ways of sin and
seek the purity and radiance of life exemplified on Mt. Tabor.
Moses and Elijah are towering figures of God. Their lives hold lasting lessons of
God for all. Believers’ minds do well to shed narrowness in vision and embrace the
immeasurable greatness of God.
Nourishment of the soul is readily found in turning to the Transfigured Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Today enter into the joy of the Lord. Today ascend to the heights of Mt. Tabor. Today lift the heart and mind to behold the glory and majesty of God.
Today cast away any thought of sin. Today cast away and thoughts of drudgery. Today shed any depression and despair. Today savor the glory and majesty of the Transfigured Christ.
Today find fulfillment in Christ. Today find completeness in Christ. Today find complete rest and joy in Christ. Look no further to other sources for fulfillment. Look to the Transfigured Christ.
The Holy Apostle Peter said: “Lord, it is good for us to be here.”(Mt.17:4)
Let the words of the Holy Apostle Peter be our words today in God’s Holy Church.
Let the words of the Holy Apostle Peter be our words for each day of life.
Let our eyes behold the Lord God in glory and majesty each day of life. Let us lift our
eyes to the heights. Let us lift our vision to the glory of God. Let us see and hear God at
work each day of our lives.
Let our lives be greatly affected by the Transfigured Christ. Let our lives shine forth
the Transfigured Christ in our hearts and minds. Let our souls always be nourished and
resting in Christ.
The Feast of Transfiguration shines the light of Christ through the centuries.
The light of Christ penetrates darkness in life and is cause for constant hope.
Draw near to the Transfigured Christ. Climb the mountain to be with Him at all times.
Thank God always for the nourishment of daily life. Thank God always for the
joy that supersedes despair. Thank God for the light that penetrates the darkness.
Thank God for the reassuring voice coming from the cloud.
Hearts filled with the Transfigured Christ brighten each room. Hearts filled with
the Transfigured Christ brighten the work place and the community. Hearts filled with
the Transfigured Christ draw others to Christ.
The Feast of the Transfiguration is a defining feast in the liturgical year.
Lives throughout the world are greatly affected by the celebration of this major feast.
Personal calendars should always be marked for the keeping of this feast.
Personal lives should always be devoted to thinking carefully about Christ on Mt. Tabor.
Joy in Christ is found on the Feast of the Transfiguration. The divine nature
of Christ is revealed in this feast. Believers seeking unity with Christ find great
inspiration in this holy feast.
May the Transfigured Christ shine brightly in the hearts of each believer
celebrating this feast today.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 6 / August 19, 2012
Feast of Transfiguration.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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