Holy Transfiguration - Our day.Sarah | 25.07.2009 | 23:56:45 | Views: 2031
The day the Orthodox church celebrates the Holy Transfiguration of Jesus is our church's big day. It's our name day, our patronal festival, our party day.
A brief reflection on Holy Transfiguration (2008)
The day the Orthodox church celebrates the Holy Transfiguration of
Jesus is our church's big day. It's our name day, our patronal
festival, our party day. And this year, our one year anniversary of the gathering of people that is our church.
Holy Transfiguration remembers the day when Jesus was transfigured right before Peter, James and John's eyes.
His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as snow. A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him." When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces with awe. But Jesus came and touched them saying, "Rise, and have no fear."God named our church. That's a big statement. Before I knew exactly which story "The Holy Transfiguration" referred to, I knew with conviction that our church would be called "Holy Transfiguration." I had to look up the story to find out what it was all about. Holy Transfiguration - it's a mouthful, and it sounds a bit churchy, a bit funny, a bit Catholic-y, a bit new-agey. And from our list of possible names, that's the one our Bishop chose.
Following this, we went on a intellectual journey, trying to discover the meaning of the Holy Transfiguration, to find out what this event symbolised in the spiritual world, what this story represents. Emails flew back and forth and studies were held. We pondered, we drew, we designed.
After all that, in a spiritual moment, the truth finally hit me, and it came down to this: _Jesus _is_God_. There was no hidden meaning. The story of the Holy Transfiguration is the telling of reality, the real life story of the time when, in front of his disciples, Jesus' divinity was visible to the human eye. He was God in the flesh.
I love that our church is called that new agey mouthful, "Holy Transfiguration." We commit our church and our lives to the Holy Transfiguration, to the God who became flesh and dwelt among us. We seek everyday to be transformed by the power of God, to be mystically transfigured so that God's Holy Spirit shines in us.
I love that our church is called Holy Transfiguration. Every time we meet we are reminded that God changes lives. May the real live Christ God, who was transfigured on the mountain, and revealed his glory to his disciples as much as they could bear it, transform us and make us more like Him.
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