7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. It is true that an image is better than 1000 words and this icon is no exception. We notice Christ transformed and illumined and the slight “rays” coming from Christ, which represent the energies of Christ shining forth from His essence towards his disciples, and by extension, to us as well. His presence gives us a glimpse into God’s heavenly kingdom. We know from the Hebrew Scriptures that Moses was a man of great stature and the giver of the Law. 1680s. He can sooth a crying patient, even when he does not even know his or her spoken language. Sometimes we even become too busy with words and thoughts while we are praying, and therefore our minds are neither quiet, nor open to God. As you look at the icon, you notice the mountain, which is usually the scene of many important events throughout the story of salvation both in the Old and New Testament: from Abraham bringing his son Isaac on Mount Moriah, Moses receiving the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai, Jesus giving his Sermon on the Mount, etc. Each icon represents a window into the timeless God and reveals in it’s symbolism the eschatological reality of past, present and future, the reality which is to come, but in a mysterious way was and is already fulfilled in our present moment. The Armoury. He writes about the essence and the energies of God. The Department of Christian Education (DCE) provides consultant services in areas of Curriculum Development, Special Education Needs and other related areas of education and training for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Intrigued by his title I attended his presentation and was touched by the beautiful image of the soul that he sees in every person, including in those whose memories are lost. 4 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah. Every vocation out in the world or at home, every human being and action, any part of the creation has the potential of being sanctified and illumined and transformed by the energies of God, as Christ was transfigured on Mount Tabor. In only one image, the Transfiguration icon encapsulates what could probably be described in volumes of theological books. The 14th century theologian St. Gregory of Palamas, who we celebrate today, beautifully defines and describes in his work the subtle ways in which the mystery of God is revealed in the world. “1 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. We too will benefit by removing ourselves at times from the world, but going on Mount Tabor could look differently in our 21st century. ); Ms. Ludwig II 5 (83.MB.69), fol. This is a beautiful icon. Commemorated August 6th. The A similar mysterious revelation is given to us at Christ’s birth, at Epiphany when he was baptized, at the Resurrection, Pentecost, on the road to Emmaus, and in any other encounter. During this Lenten season let us all be open and surprised every day by the possibility of Transfiguration in our lives. My invitation today for us is to cultivate this openness and quietness on a daily basis so we can become an open vessel for God, allowing His mysterious essence and energies to move us and surprise us. The Transfiguration, then, is the realization of Jesus’ promise, and so what the Apostles experience is a foretaste of the future life – “the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”, according to St Peter. In the story, Jesus, in his majesty, continues to minister to them, telling them not to be afraid. As a chaplain, my husband Sebastien has the reputation of being able to engage and enliven many people with dementia, to the point of making them talk after years of silence. "Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. Back then I marveled in disbelief: what does he mean by past, future, and present for patients with dementia? Our church fathers talk about the process of “Theosis”, a co-creation, a process of transformation in which the grace of God illumines and helps to transforms us. Миколай з житієм, др. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.".