Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

This is the second day for the liturgical year that the Transfiguration is commemorated with the first being the Second Sunday in Lent. Pope Callistus III extended this feast to the whole Church in 1457 to commemorate the stemming of the tide of the Mohammedan invasion in the Battle of Belgrade.

Introit: Ps. 76. 19. Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. Ps. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord.

Gradual: Ps. 44. 3, 2. Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Thy lips. v. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak My works to the King.

Epistle: 2 Peter 1. 16-19 ... For He received from God the Father honour and glory; this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory: This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him. ...

Communion: Matt. 17. 9. Tell the vision you have seen to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.

Postcommunion: Vouchsafe unto us, we beseech Thee, almighty God, by the intelligence of a pure mind to attain to the understanding of thy most sacred mystery of the Transfiguration of Thy Son, which with solemn worship we venerate.

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