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Office of Readings - Feast for Transfiguration

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Office of Readings for the Feast of the Transfiguration

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Praise to the Lord, the almighty, the king of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is your health and salvation!
Let all who hear, now to his temple draw near;
Joining in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things is wondrously reigning;
And, as on wings of an eagle, uplifting, sustaining.
Have you not seen all that is needful has been
Sent by his gracious ordaining?

Praise to the Lord, who will prosper your work and defend you;
Surely his goodness and mercy shall daily attend you.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do
As with his love he befriends you.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore him!
All that has life and breath, come now with praises before him.
Let the Amen sound from his people again,
Gladly forever adore Him.

𝄞"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" by Rebecca Hincke • Musical Score • Title: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; Text: Lobe den Herren, den machtigen Konig der Ehren, Joachim Neunter; Translation: Catherine Winkworth; Tune: 17th c. German; Artist: Rebecca Hincke; Copyright 2016 Surgeworks • Albums that contain this Hymn: Divine Office

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 One day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

Psalm 84
Longing for God’s Temple

Here we do not have a lasting city; we seek a home that is yet to come (Hebrews 13:14).

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord, God of hosts.

My soul is longing and yearning,
is yearning for the courts of the Lord.
My heart and my soul ring out their joy
to God, the living God.

The sparrow herself finds a home
and the swallow a nest for her brood;
she lays her young by your altars,
Lord of hosts, my king and my God.

They are happy, who dwell in your house,
for ever singing your praise.
They are happy, whose strength is in you,
in whose hearts are the roads to Zion.

As they go through the Bitter Valley
they make it a place of springs
the autumn rain covers it with blessings.
They walk with ever growing strength,
they will see the God of gods in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer,
give ear, O God of Jacob.
Turn your eyes, O God, our shield,
look on the face of your anointed.

One day within your courts
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
The threshold of the house of God
I prefer to the dwellings of the wicked.

For the Lord God is a rampart, a shield;
he will give us his favor and glory.
The Lord will not refuse any good
to those who walk without blame.

Lord, God of hosts,
happy the man who trusts in you!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. One day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.

Ant. 2 Light dawns for the just, and joy for the upright of heart.

Psalm 97
The glory of the Lord in his decrees for the world

This psalm foretells a world-wide salvation and that peoples of all nations will believe in Christ (St. Athanasius).

The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
let all the coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right.

A fire prepares his path;
it burns up his foes on every side.
His lightnings light up the world,
the earth trembles at the sight.

The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.

Let those who serve idols be ashamed,
those who boast of their worthless gods.
All you spirits, worship him.

Zion hears and is glad;
the people of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments, O Lord.

For you indeed are the Lord
most high above all the earth,
exalted far above all spirits.

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he guards the souls of his saints;
he sets them free from the wicked.

Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
give glory to his holy name.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Light dawns for the just, and joy for the upright of heart.

Ant. 3 Praise the Lord, our God; worship him on his holy mountain.

Psalm 99
Holy is the Lord our God

Christ, higher than the Cherubim, when you took our lowly nature you transformed our sinful world (Saint Athanasius).

The Lord is king; the peoples tremble.
He is throned on the cherubim; the earth quakes.
The Lord is great in Zion.

He is supreme over all the peoples.
Let them praise his name, so terrible and great,
he is holy, full of power.

You are a king who loves what is right;
you have established equity, justice and right;
you have established them in Jacob.

Exalt the Lord our God;
bow down before Zion, his footstool.
He the Lord is holy.

Among his priests were Aaron and Moses,
among those who invoked his name was Samuel.
They invoked the Lord and he answered.

To them he spoke in the pillar of cloud.
They did his will; they kept the law,
which he, the Lord, had given.

O Lord our God, you answered them.
For them you were a God who forgives;
yet you punished their offenses.

Exalt the Lord our God;
bow down before his holy mountain
for the Lord our God is holy.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Praise the Lord, our God; worship him on his holy mountain.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell)
A moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud.
They have held fast to his message.

READINGS

First reading
From the second letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians
3:7–4:6
Christ is the splendor of the new covenant

If the ministry of death, carved in writing on stone, was inaugurated with such glory that the Israelites could not look on Moses’ face because of the glory that shone on it (even though it was a fading glory), how much greater will be the glory of the ministry of the Spirit? If the ministry of the covenant that condemned had glory, greater by far is the glory of the ministry that justifies. Indeed, when you compare that limited glory with this surpassing glory, the former should be declared no glory at all. If what was destined to pass away was given in glory, greater by far is the glory that endures.

Our hope being such, we act with full confidence. We are not like Moses, who used to hide his face with a veil so that the Israelites could not see the final fading of that glory. Their minds, of course, were dulled. To this very day, when the old covenant is read the veil remains unlifted; it is only in Christ that it is taken away. Even now, when Moses is read a veil covers their understanding. “But whenever he turns to the Lord, the veil will be removed.” The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. All of us, gazing on the Lord’s glory with unveiled faces, are being transformed from glory to glory into his very image by the Lord who is the Spirit.

Because we possess this ministry through God’s mercy, we do not give in to discouragement. Rather, we repudiate shameful, underhanded practices. We do not resort to trickery or falsify the word of God. We proclaim the truth openly and commend ourselves to every man’s conscience before God. If our gospel can be called “veiled” in any sense, it is such only for those who are headed toward destruction. Their unbelieving minds have been blinded by the god of the present age so that they do not see the splendor of the gospel showing forth the glory of Christ, the image of God.

It is not ourselves we preach but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts, that we in turn might make known the glory of God shining on the face of Christ.

RESPONSORY 1 John 3:1-2

See how great is the love the Father has given us:
we are called God’s children, and that is what we are.

We know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he really is.
We are called God’s children, and that is what we are.

Second Reading
From a sermon on the transfiguration of the Lord by Anastasius of Sinai, bishop
It is good for us to be here

Upon Mount Tabor, Jesus revealed to his disciples a heavenly mystery. While living among them he had spoken of the kingdom and of his second coming in glory, but to banish from their hearts any possible doubt concerning the kingdom and to confirm their faith in what lay in the future by its prefiguration in the present, he gave them on Mount Tabor a wonderful vision of his glory, a foreshadowing of the kingdom of heaven. It was as if he said to them: “As time goes by you may be in danger of losing your faith. To save you from this I tell you now that some standing here listening to me will not taste death until they have seen the Son of Man coming in the glory of his Father. ” Moreover, in order to assure us that Christ could command such power when he wished, the evangelist continues: Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain where they were alone. There, before their eyes, he was transfigured. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Then the disciples saw Moses and Elijah appear, and they were talking to Jesus.

These are the divine wonders we celebrate today; this is the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; this is the festival of Christ that has drawn us here. Let us listen, then, to the sacred voice of God so compellingly calling us from on high, from the summit of the mountain, so that with the Lord’s chosen disciples we may penetrate the deep meaning of these holy mysteries, so far beyond our capacity to express. Jesus goes before us to show us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven, and–I speak boldly–it is for us now to follow him with all speed, yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in his radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into his own likeness, making us for ever sharers in his Godhead and raising us to heights as yet undreamed of.

Let us run with confidence and joy to enter into the cloud like Moses and Elijah, or like James and John. Let us be caught up like Peter to behold the divine vision and to be transfigured by that glorious transfiguration. Let us retire from the world, stand aloof from the earth, rise above the body, detach ourselves from creatures and turn to the creator, to whom Peter in ecstasy exclaimed: Lord, it is good for us to be here.

It is indeed good to be here, as you have said, Peter. It is good to be with Jesus and to remain here for ever. What greater happiness or higher honor could we have than to be with God, to be made like him and to live in his light?

Therefore, since each of us possesses God in his heart and is being transformed into his divine image, we also should cry out with joy: It is good for us to be here — here where all things shine with divine radiance, where there is joy and gladness and exultation; where there is nothing in our hearts but peace, serenity and stillness; where God is seen. For here, in our hearts, Christ takes up his abode together with the Father, saying as he enters: Today salvation has come to this house. With Christ, our hearts receive all the wealth of his eternal blessings, and there where they are stored up for us in him, we see reflected as in a mirror both the first fruits and the whole of the world to come.

RESPONSORY Matthew 17:2, 3; see Luke 9:32, 34

His face shone like the sun;
when the disciples saw his glory,
they were filled with wonder and fear.

Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared before them
speaking with Jesus.
When the disciples saw his glory,
they were filled with wonder and fear.

TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God,
who in the glorious Transfiguration
of your Only Begotten Son
confirmed the mysteries of faith
by the witness of the Fathers
and wonderfully prefigured
our full adoption to sonship,
grant, we pray, to your servants, that,
listening to the voice of your beloved Son,
we may merit to become co-heirs with him.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

53 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Feast

  1. Thank You God for the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; the festival of Christ we celebrate today. .May we, with the Lord’s chosen disciples, penetrate the deep meaning of this holy mystery, so far beyond our capacity to express. Jesus, thank You for showing us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven. Help us now to follow You with all speed, yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in Your radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into Your own likeness. Make us forever, sharers in Your glory.

    Litany of Transfiguration

    When we are tempted to look only at our faults…Let us see only Jesus.

    When troubled by the specter of doubt and defeat…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t see beyond the frustrations of the moment…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the horizon seems distant and dark…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t see the point of pursuing what’s good…Let us see only Jesus.

    When complaining and cynicism invade our peace….Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t face our problems…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the world looks bleak…Let us see only Jesus.

    When others measure and judge us…Let us see only Jesus.

    When beset by depression…Let us see only Jesus.

    When friendship is far from us…Let us see only Jesus.

    When overshadowed by sorrow…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we fail to use our freedom…Let us see only Jesus.

    When it’s hard to forgive…Let us see only Jesus.

    When things don’t make sense…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we think we can’t change…Let us see only Jesus.

    When confronted by suffering…Let us see only Jesus.

    When stress gets us down…Let us see only Jesus.

    When it’s hard to go on…Let us see only Jesus.

    When blinded by sin…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the hardness of life overwhelms us…Let us see only Jesus.

    When hope begins to fade…Let us see only Jesus.

    Our Father…

    Closing Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for allowing us to witness the vision of Your Son transfigured on Mount Tabor. May we become what we behold so that our lives will radiate the glory and grace that remain Your priceless gifts to us in Jesus. Amen..

  2. Lord Jesus, thank you for the gift of this new day and for the gift of our lives and salvation. Lord go with me to the hospital and be my doctor. Carry out the procedure on me and bring about my perfect healing. I believe in you and I trust you Lord. Heal me. Amen.

  3. Thank You God for the saving revelation given us upon the mountain; the festival of Christ we celebrate today. .May we, with the Lord’s chosen disciples, penetrate the deep meaning of this holy mystery, so far beyond our capacity to express. Jesus, thank You for showing us the way, both up the mountain and into heaven. Help us now to follow You with all speed, yearning for the heavenly vision that will give us a share in Your radiance, renew our spiritual nature and transform us into Your own likeness. Make us forever, sharers in Your glory.

    Litany of Transfiguration

    When we are tempted to look only at our faults…Let us see only Jesus.

    When troubled by the specter of doubt and defeat…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t see beyond the frustrations of the moment…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the horizon seems distant and dark…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t see the point of pursuing what’s good…Let us see only Jesus.

    When complaining and cynicism invade our peace….Let us see only Jesus.

    When we can’t face our problems…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the world looks bleak…Let us see only Jesus.

    When others measure and judge us…Let us see only Jesus.

    When beset by depression…Let us see only Jesus.

    When friendship is far from us…Let us see only Jesus.

    When overshadowed by sorrow…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we fail to use our freedom…Let us see only Jesus.

    When it’s hard to forgive…Let us see only Jesus.

    When things don’t make sense…Let us see only Jesus.

    When we think we can’t change…Let us see only Jesus.

    When confronted by suffering…Let us see only Jesus.

    When stress gets us down…Let us see only Jesus.

    When it’s hard to go on…Let us see only Jesus.

    When blinded by sin…Let us see only Jesus.

    When the hardness of life overwhelms us…Let us see only Jesus.

    When hope begins to fade…Let us see only Jesus.

    Our Father…

    Closing Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for allowing us to witness the vision of Your Son transfigured on Mount Tabor. May we become what we behold so that our lives will radiate the glory and grace that remain Your priceless gifts to us in Jesus. Amen..

    • Oh thank you so much for sharing this and for all your prayers and comments. They lift my soul to worship him and feed my desire to love The One who loves me… with all my heart.

  4. What a beautiful, sacred, happy day. Our beloved Jesus son of the Allmighty prepared his apostles for his death and resurrection by blessing them with his transfiguration and the voice of his Father this is my beloved Son. Christ divinity was revealed to James,John, and Peter to be able to keep faith and love after his death. Let our world be transformed and shine with the light of Christ.

  5. I will praise you Lord at all times. I thank you for your love and kindness towards me and all around me. I enter this new day with joy and happiness. Help me to continue to be the best version of myself today and always. Amen

  6. Dear Lord Jesus, may the glory of your transfiguration instill in our hearts the glory that awaits us in heaven so that we may not get discouraged in all the trials that come our way in our journey here on earth. Amen

  7. My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection. —-2Cor 12:9

    Reflection. The value and the cost of grace is its interior unction which recollects us in God.
    And interior grace is worth more than 1000 external crisis. Our virtues and our devotion have life only through the recollection that animate them and unites them to God.
    —-St. Peter Eymard

    Prayer. Father of all gifts, pour down on me your inner grace and make me truly recollect it in you. May all my outward activities be the result of your grace and obtain more grace for me.

  8. Loving God, trusting God, giving ourselves to God produces the faith to truly understand the fullness of our human dignity in Him. With the eyes of faith, and a heart full of trustful surrender to God, biblical language becomes clear. We can see with the eyes of God what His living Word is expressing without falsely attributing gender-bias to the Church. God loves us so much that He died for us. That is the filter through which we see everything. And it is one of peace. Biblical language does not actually give offense, even if someone chooses to take offense. Jesus says blessed are you who take no offense at me. But you might say, it’s not you, Lord, but your church, or gender roles, or wording in a prayer…He repeats, blessed, blessed, blessed are those who take no offense; who lean not on their own understanding, who approach my Word not to seek offense but to be transformed from death into life – from darkness into light.

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