Menaion

August 6

Great feastTHE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST in which Christ Jesus, beloved only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, manifested his glory in the presence of the holy Apostles Peter, James, and John, with the Law and the prophets bearing witness in the persons of Moses and Elijah. This was done so that, while sharing the servile humility of our state he might intimate our glorious restoration through grace. Thus it might be announced to the ends of the earth that the image of God, in which humanity was created, even as it was corrupted in Adam, would be restored in Christ.

At Vespers

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If it is Saturday evening or Sunday evening, we sing "Blessed is the man."

There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 4 samohlasen. O Lord, when you were transfigured before being crucified, * Mount Tabor was made to resemble heaven; * for a cloud was extended as a canopy, * and the Father bore witness to you. * Peter, James, and John were also there, * the same three apostles who were to be with you * at the time of the betrayal of Judas, * so that, having seen you in glory, * they would not be dismayed at the time of your suffering. * Likewise, O Lord, make us worthy to recognize you as our God * in the same sufferings you endured in your great mercy, * and to adore you. (twice)

O Lord, as a preparation to your crucifixion, * you led some of your disciples to a high mountain * and became transfigured before them, * enlightening them with the light of your glory. * In this way, you showed the reality of the resurrection you are to grant to us * in your love for all and in your almighty power as God. * Make us worthy of this resurrection, O God, * for you are gracious and the lover of us all. (twice)

O Lord, when You were transfigured on a high mountain * in the presence of your foremost disciples, * you shone with glory, * showing how those who lead an outstanding life of virtue * will be made worthy of the glory of heaven. * Elijah and Moses, conversing with the Lord, * showed him to be the Lord of the living and the dead, * God who spoke through the Law and the Prophets, * the same to whom the Father's voice bore witness * out of the bright cloud, saying: * Hear him, for it is he who through his cross despoiled Hades * and granted eternal life to the dead. (twice)

Indeed, O Lord, the mountain that had been dark with smoke * today becomes honorable and holy because you stood on it. * The mystery hidden from the beginning of the world * becomes manifest in your transfiguration * before Peter, James, and John. * They fell with their faces to the ground, * unable as they were to bear the light of your countenance * and the splendor of your clothing. * A further marvel was the vision of Moses and Elijah, * conversing with you on your future, * and the voice of the Father bearing witness and saying: * This is my beloved Son In whom I am well pleased. Hear him! * He is the One who will convey great mercy to the world. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6. O Christ our God, when You willed to prefigure your resurrection, * You chose three disciples, Peter, James, and John; * and You went up with them to Mount Tabor. * At the moment of your Transfiguration, O Savior, * the mountain was flooded with light, * and your disciples fell with their faces to the ground; * for they could not bear the sight of your countenance * upon which no one may gaze, O Word. * Angels attended with trembling and awe; * the heavens were afraid; * and the earth shook to its very foundations * when they saw the Lord of glory come upon the earth.

Entrance with Gospel book, and prokeimenon of the day. But if August 5 falls on a Friday, we sing the following great prokeimenon instead:

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Psalm 113:11,1,2-3,5). But our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he wills.
V. When Israel came forth from Egypt, Jacob's sons from an alien people.
V. Judah became the Lord's temple, Israel became his kingdom.
V. Why is it, O sea, that you fled; O Jordan, that you turned back?

Then three readings:

A reading from Exodus (Exodus 24:12-18).

A reading from Exodus (Exodus 33:11-23, 34:4-6, 8).

A reading from the First Book of Kings (1Kings 19: 3-9, 11-13, 15-16).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 2 Bolhar. O God of goodness, your light has sanctified the whole universe, * and you were transfigured on the high mountain, * revealing your power to your disciples. * You have redeemed the world from sin. * Therefore, we cry out to You: * O Lord of mercy, save our souls!

You were transfigured in glory on Mount Tabor, O Christ our God, * and you showed your disciples the glory of your divinity. * Now also pour out the light of your knowledge upon us * and, in your goodness and your love for all of us, * guide us in the way of your divine commandments.

Christ, the light that shone before the sun, * dwelt on earth in a human form. * Wishing to fulfill the divine work of salvation before his Cross, * today he mystically reveals the image of the Trinity on Mount Tabor. * He took aside his three chosen disciples, Peter, James, and John; * and for a short time he concealed his incarnation. * He was transfigured before them, * manifesting the splendor of the original beauty. * By this he strengthened them in their faith; * yet he spared them from losing their life at this sight, * and so their eyes saw only as much as they could behold. * He also called upon Moses and Elijah, * the most venerable of the prophets, * to witness to his divinity, * testifying that he is indeed the reflection of the Father, * the Lord of the living and the dead. * A cloud also enveloped them as a tent, * and the voice of the Father bore witness on high, saying: * This is my beloved Son; hear him! * I have begotten him before the daystar in a virginal manner; * I have sent him to save those baptized in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, * those who confess in faith that the power of the divinity is one and indivisible. * O Christ our God, you love all of us; * make us shine in the brightness of your inaccessible glory; * and in your supreme goodness, * make us worthy to inherit your never-ending kingdom.

Glory – Tone 5.  Come, let us ascend the mountain of the Lord * and go into the house of our God. * Let us contemplate the glory of his Transfiguration, * the glory of the onlybegotten Son of God the Father. * From his light, let us receive light; * and raised up by the Holy Spirit, * let us sing the praises of the consubstantial Trinity forever.

Now and ever – in the same tone.  Moses who saw God, and Elijah who was taken up in the flaming chariot, * contemplated you in the cloud, O Christ our God; * for you are the author of the Law and the fulfillment of the Prophets. * They were witnesses of your Transfiguration. * With them make us worthy of that same brightness, * that we may sing your praises forever, O Lord.

The aposticha are for feast:

Tone 1 samohlasen.  He who mysteriously spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai * and said: I am who am, * today manifests himself to his disciples on Mount Tabor * and reveals through his person * that human nature is reestablished in its original splendor. * As witnesses to this grace and partakers of this joy, * he raised up Moses and Elijah, * the forerunners of the glorious and saving resurrection * made possible by the cross of Christ.

Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth.

When David, the forefather of the Lord, * foresaw in spirit your coming in the flesh, * he invited the whole creation to rejoice, * crying out prophetically: * O Savior, Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in your name, * for indeed you ascended this mountain with your disciples. * Through your Transfiguration * you returned Adam's nature to its original splendor, * restoring its very elements to the glory and brilliance of your divinity. * Therefore, we cry out to you: * O Creator of all, glory to You!

Tabor and Hermon shout for joy at your name.

O Christ without a beginning, * when on the Mount of the transfiguration, * your disciples saw the Light that was yours * and your unapproachable divinity, * they were rapt in amazement and completely changed. * They were enrobed in a radiant cloud, * and they heard the Father's voice * confirming the mystery of your incarnation; * for even after coming in the flesh, * you remained the only-begotten Son and the Savior of all.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 6.  O Lord, today on Mount Tabor, * you have manifested the glory of your divinity * to your chosen disciples, Peter, James, and John; * they saw your clothing radiant as light * and your face more brilliant than the sun. * Unable to bear your overwhelming radiance or look upon You, * they fell to the ground * and heard a voice bearing witness from heaven: * This is my beloved Son * who came into the world to save his people.

Troparion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7.  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * revealing as much of your glory to your disciples as they could behold. * Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * let your everlasting light also shine on us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to you. (3 times)

At the Divine Liturgy

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First Antiphon (Ps. 65:1-2, 76:19, 103:1-2):
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; sing praise to his name, give to him glorious praise.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Your thunder rolled round the sky, your flashes lighted up the world. The earth was moved and trembled.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

You clothed in majesty and glory, wrapped in light as in a robe.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 47:3, 77:54, 68-69):
Mount Zion, slopes of the north, is the city of the great King.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

So he brought them to his holy land, to the mountain which his right hand had won.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

He chose the tribe of Judah, the hill of Zion which he loves. He built his shrine like the heavens.
Refrain: O Son of God, transfigured on the mount, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 124:1,2; Ps. 14:1; Ps. 23:3), sung to the Tone 7 troparion melody:
Those who put their trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, that cannot be shaken, that stands forever.
Refrain:  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * revealing as much of your glory to your disciples as they could behold. * Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * let your everlasting light also shine on us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to you.

Jerusalem! The mountains surround her, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forever.
Refrain:  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God...

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent and dwell on your holy mountain?
Refrain:  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God...

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in his holy place?
Refrain:  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God...

Entrance Hymn, sung to the Tone 7 troparion melody (Ps. 42:3). Send forth your truth * and your fidelity; * they will guide me and bring me * to your holy mountain.

Troparion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7.  You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * revealing as much of your glory to your disciples as they could behold. * Through the prayers of the Theotokos, * let your everlasting light also shine on us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to you.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Transfiguration, Tone 7.   You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, * and your disciples beheld as much of your glory as they could bear, * that when they would see you crucified, * they would understand that you suffered willingly; * so they would preach to the world * that you are truly the radiance of the Father.

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 103:24,1). How many are your works, O Lord? In wisdom you have made them all.
V. Bless the Lord, O my soul! Lord my God, how great you are.

Epistle:  2 Peter 1:10-19

Alleluia, Tone 8 (Ps. 88:12,16). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth.
V. Happy are the people who can shout with joy.

Gospel:  Matthew 17:1-9

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the Lord transfigured on Mount Tabor.

Irmos, Tone 4. Your childbirth was shown to be incorrupt, * for it was God who came forth from you, * appearing on earth in the flesh * and dwelling among us. * Therefore, O Theotokos, we all extol you.

Communion Hymn (Ps. 88:16,17). We shall walk in the light of your face, O Lord; we shall rejoice in your name forever. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!