Transfiguration

(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
m (add link)
(adding 2pt reference)
Line 8: Line 8:
 
This event was the subject of some debates between [[Gregory Palamas]] and [[Barlaam of Calabria]]. Barlaam believed that the light shining from Jesus was created light, while Gregory maintained the disciples were given [[grace]] to perceive the uncreated light of God. This supported Gregory's larger argument that although we cannot know God in His ''essence'', we can know Him in his ''energies'', as He reveals Himself.
 
This event was the subject of some debates between [[Gregory Palamas]] and [[Barlaam of Calabria]]. Barlaam believed that the light shining from Jesus was created light, while Gregory maintained the disciples were given [[grace]] to perceive the uncreated light of God. This supported Gregory's larger argument that although we cannot know God in His ''essence'', we can know Him in his ''energies'', as He reveals Himself.
  
Accounts of the Transfiguration are found in the [[Bible]]: [[Gospel of Matthew|Matthew]] 17:1-8, [[Gospel of Mark|Mark]] 9:2-9, and [[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 9:28-36.
+
Accounts of the Transfiguration are found in the [[Bible]]: [[Gospel of Matthew|Matthew]] 17:1-8, [[Gospel of Mark|Mark]] 9:2-9, [[Gospel of Luke|Luke]] 9:28-36, and [[II Peter]] 1:16-19.
  
 
== Traditions ==
 
== Traditions ==

Revision as of 11:13, August 5, 2006

The Transfiguration of Christ

The Transfiguration of Christ is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on August 6.

Jesus had gone with his disciples Peter, James, and John to Mount Tabor. Christ's appearance was changed while they watched into a glorious radiant figure. There appeared Elijah and Moses, speaking with Jesus. The disciples were amazed and terribly afraid.

This event shows forth the divinity of Christ, so that the disciples would understand after his Ascension that He was truly the radiant splendor of the Father, and that his Passion was voluntary (Mark 9:2-9). It also shows the possibility of our own theosis.

This event was the subject of some debates between Gregory Palamas and Barlaam of Calabria. Barlaam believed that the light shining from Jesus was created light, while Gregory maintained the disciples were given grace to perceive the uncreated light of God. This supported Gregory's larger argument that although we cannot know God in His essence, we can know Him in his energies, as He reveals Himself.

Accounts of the Transfiguration are found in the Bible: Matthew 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36, and II Peter 1:16-19.

Traditions

In Greece the harvest season traditionally began on the Transfiguration. Grapes, in particular, were not eaten before August 6. In some parishes, the first grapes would be brought to church for a blessing and distributed to parishioners.

Hymns

Troparion (Tone 7) [1]

You were Transfigured on the Mount, O Christ God,
Revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Your everlasting Light shine upon us sinners!
Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Giver of Light, glory to You!

Kontakion (Tone 7)

On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God,
And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it;
So that when they would behold You crucified,
They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,
And would proclaim to the world,
That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!
Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Navigation
interaction
Donate

Please consider supporting OrthodoxWiki. FAQs

Toolbox