Exegesis of the Vespers readings (parables, paremia) for the Feast of the Transfiguration, with emphasis on typology, especially comparing the Theophanies Moses and Elijah experienced to the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and the significant moral instruction these events give us, when viewed in a Christian light.
Old for the new but still new for the old since we are in the post-festival period of the Transfiguration, this short homily highlights something we must keep in mind every day.
Synopsis: The most important aspect of the Transfiguration of our Lord on Mount Tabor is that it is a harbinger of things to come. The apostles were not ready to be in the presence of the divine uncreated light of God, and yet in the end we all will be in His presence. What must we do to become ready? The aposticha for the forefeast teaches us: “Illumined with the effulgence of the virtues, let us proceed to the holy mountain, that we may behold the divine Transfiguration of the Lord.” (Vespers Aposticha, August 5, Forefeast of the Transfiguration). Let us look at what happened to the apostles and why and what we must do as the aposticha teaches.
Old for the new, but still new for the old since we are in the midst of the after-feast for transfiguration, the Parables at Transfiguration Vespers are important to understand. Similar events to the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ occurred in the Old Testament. Three selections from the Old Testament are read during the Vespers, involving Moses twice and also the Prophet Elijah. These parables are briefly explained.
Homilies, explanation of scripture, and many questions and answers about the Transfiguration of our Savior.
Source: http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration-scripture_1.html Tonight: Aug 5/18 2008 Monday 6:30 PM – VIGIL for the Transfiguration Tomorrow, Aug 6/19 Tuesday 9 AM – DIVINE LITURGY. I will hear confession after vigil and before Liturgy. QUESTION 1 “And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and… Continue reading Questions about scripture read on the Transfiguration
from http://www.orthodox.net/questions/transfiguration_1.html QUESTION 1 Tell the story of the transfiguration, paying attention to the point in Jesus’ ministry that it occurred. Which gospels report the Transfiguration? ANSWER 1 The gospels very laconically report the Transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James and John up to a high mountain, which was Mount Tabor. It was late,… Continue reading Questions and Answers about the Feast of the Transfiguration Aug 6/19