You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Giver of Light, glory to You! Troparion of Transfiguration.
August 6th marks the great feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The Gospels tell us that Jesus led Peter, James, and John up a tall mountain where he was transfigured before them. Jesus shone brighter than the sun, revealing his nature as being truly divine. As the kontakion for the feast tells us, this was so that, “when they would behold [Jesus] crucified, [his disciples] would understand that [His] suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world, that [He is] truly the Radiance of the Father!”
As August 6th coincides with the harvest, it is customary to bless grapes and other fruits on the feast of Transfiguration. Below are some pictures of our celebration of the feast and the blessing of fruit.
Photos courtesy of Leslie Smyth and Alice Gilbert.