Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
In Low Mass – Commemoration of St Sixtus II (Pope) & Companions (Martys)
Introit • Ps. 76, 19
Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. Ps. 83, 2, 3. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. Glory be …
O God, Who in the glorious transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son didst strengthen the sacraments of faith by the testimony of the fathers, and Who didst wonderfully foreshow the perfect adoption of Thy children by a voice coming down in a shining cloud, mercifully grant that we be made co-heirs of the King of glory Himself, and grant us to be sharers in that very glory. Through the same.
Epistle • 2 Peter 1, 16-19
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle.
[He exhorts them to join all other virtues with their faith, in order to secure their salvation.]
Dearly beloved, we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eyewitnesses of his greatness. 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. And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount. And we have the more firm prophetical word: whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.
Gradual • Ps. 44, 3, 2
Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Thy lips. My heart hath uttered a good word. I speak my works to the King.
Alleluia, alleluia. Wis. 7, 26. He is the brightness of eternal light, the unspotted mirror, and the image of His goodness. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 17, 1-9
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[The Transfiguration of Christ: He cures the lunatic child: foretells his passion; and pays the didrachma.]
At that time, Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him. And Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye him.
And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
Offertory • Ps. 111, 3
Glory and wealth are His house: and His justice remaineth forever and ever. Alleluia.
Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts offered on the glorious transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son, and by the splendors of that very illumination cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through the same.
Communion • Matt. 17, 9
Tell the vision you have seen to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that with the understanding of a purified mind we may follow those sacred mysteries of Thy Son’s transfiguration which we celebrate with our solemn office. Through the same.