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We have been having short talks after Liturgy recently. The homily is after the Gospel, where it belongs, and after liturgy, I try to talk about something practical (usually), trying to keep it as short as possible.
I have talked about confession, oil, bows and prostrations, etc. Sometimes I cannot help myself and must talk about theological topic.
We just celebrated the Transfiguration, and as is usual for any "extra" services, most people were not in attendance. This is a very important feast, and I think the people should be taught about it at least every year, so I gave a short talk about the Transfiguration (or combination talk and homily) yesterday.
I am trying to get organized and have a handout for the talks. The way my brain works is just to scribble stuff down Sunday morning and go with it, but I am trying to mend my ways. Sunday, there was a handout:
Transfiguration. Aug 6/19
- The story, summarized.
- What does this teach us about Jesus Christ?
- What does this teach us about ourselves?
- Why did it occur when it did?
- Why were Moses and Elias present?
- What other event in our Lord's life has obvious similarities to the Transfiguration?
- Blessing of fruit, especially grapes.
- OT Scripture for the Feast
- The most important “take home message” scripture for the feast.
Troparion Tone 7
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, / Who didst show Thy glory unto Thy disciples as far as they could bear it. / May Thine ever-existing light / shine forth also upon us sinners / through the prayers of the Theotokos. // O Bestower of light, glory be to Thee!
Kontakion Tone 7
On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, / and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could bear it, O Christ God; / that when they would see Thee crucified, / they would comprehend that Thy suffering was voluntary, / and proclaim to the world that Thou art of a truth //
the Effulgence of the Father.
2 Peter 1:16-17 16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
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This handout accompanies a short talk given after liturgy concerning the Transfiguration.
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