TRANSFIGURE ME, O LORD!

NOVENA IN HONOR OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST:  7/28-8/6:

Jesus’ Transfiguration, a historical event, is celebrated twice during the liturgical year, once, during Lent, and also on August 6th.  It is generally taught, that our Lord revealedst Himself in His Glorified Body (not showing all of His Glory, because humans on earth cannot live, if exposed to This – it is too overwhelming – we would die of fright), to His top three Apostles:  Sts. Peter, James, and John, to strengthen them against the scandal of His Most Sacred Passion and Death.  He didst this, so that they would not deny, betray, or leave Him, in His Hour of Need.  He was shown, speaking to Holy Moses, who had been given the Ten Commandments, the Natural Law, as our Lord is The Law-Giver, and to Holy Elias, who was the chief Prophet of the Old Covenant/ Testament, as our Lord is The Prophecy-Giver, and our Lord, as The Messiah, Is The Fulfillment of the Old Testament.  When the end of the world comes, those of us who are in Heaven, or who are going to Heaven, will be given a glorified body, such as Jesus hast, which will not be suceptible to any aging, pain, suffering, will be able to go through walls and other material things, will be able to appear and disappear, etc.  We need to ask The Lord to enlighten us, so that we may transform our lives and imitate Him.

We can pray one or more of the prayers from the Traditional Holy Mass Propers, daily, in honor of our Lord’s Transfiguration, and especially that He be recognized as our Savior, The Light of the world, our King and that we start putting Him and His Will for us, first, and then everything else will fall into place.

White Double of the Second Class

INTROIT ¤ Ps. 76. 19

Illuxerunt coruscationes tuae orbi terrae: commota est, et contremuit terra. — Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Domine virtutem! concupiscit, et deficit anima mea in atria Domini. V.: Gloria Patri . . . — Illuxerunt coruscationes . . .


Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. — (Ps. 83. 2, 3). How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . — Thy lightnings . . .

COLLECT1.–O God, who in The Glorious Transfiguration of Thine Only-Begotten Son didst confirm The Mysteries of The Faith by the witness of the fathers, and in The Voice, which came down from the shining cloud, didst wondrously foreshow the perfect adoption of sons: vouchsafe in Thy Loving Kindness, to make us coheirs with this King of Glory, and to grant that we may be made partakers of that same glory.  Through The Same our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The Unity of The Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.  Amen.

EPISTLE ¤ II Peter 1. 16-19
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Peter the Apostle.

[The Apostles were eyewitnesses of the majesty of Our Lord at the Transfiguration.]

Dearly beloved, we have not followed cunningly-devised fables, when we made known to you The Power and Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but having been made eyewitnesses of His Majesty.  For He received from God The Father honor and glory; this Voice coming down to Him from The Excellent Glory, ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him.’  And The Voice, we heard, brought from Heaven, when we were with Him in the holy mount.  And we have the more firm prophetical word, whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.

GRADUAL ¤ Ps. 44. 3, 2

Speciosus forma prae filiis hominum: diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis. V.: Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
Alleluia, alleluia.  V.: Candor est lucis aeternae, speculum sine macula, et imago bonitatis illius.  Alleluia.


Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Thy lips.  V.: My heart hath uttered a good word.  I speak my works to The King.
Alleluia, alleluia. V.(Wisd. 7. 26). He Is The Brightest of Eternal Light, The Unspotted Mirror, and The Image of His Goodness.  Alleluia.

GOSPEL ¤ Matthew 17. 1-9
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Thabor; manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.]

At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John, his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elias, talking with Him. And Peter answering, said to Jesus:  ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.’  And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them.  And lo, a Voice out of the cloud, saying:  ‘This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him.’  And the disciples hearing, fell upon their faces and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them:  ‘Arise, and fear not.’  And they, lifting up their eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus.  And, as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying:  ‘Tell the vision to no man, till The Son of Man be risen from the dead.’

OFFERTORY ¤ Ps. 111. 3

Gloria, et divitiae in Domo ejus: et Justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi.  Alleluia.


Glory and wealth are in His House: and His Justice remaineth for ever and ever. Alleluia.

SECRET.–Hallow, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the offerings we offer Thee on The Glorious Transfiguration of Thine Only-Begotten Son, and by The Brightness of His Glory, cleanse us from the stains of our sins.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The unity of the Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.  Amen.

Visionem quam vidistis, nemini dixeritis, donec a mortuis resurgat Filius hominis.


Tell the vision, you have seen, to no man, till The Son of Man be risen from the dead.

POSTCOMMUNION.–Grant, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we may apprehend with purified minds, The Most Holy Mystery of The Transfiguration of Thy Son, which we keep with solemn worship.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in The Unity of The Holy Ghost, One God, world without end.  Amen.

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