Monday, August 06, 2007

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Today's the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord :)

Introit of today's Holy Mass

Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord, of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God. (Ps. LXXXIII. 2-3.) Gloria Patri.

How do I loathe the world, when I contemplate heaven. (St. Ignatius Loyola.)

Collect of today's Holy Mass

O God, Who in the glorious Transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son didst confirm the mysteries of the faith by the witness of the fathers, and in the voice which came down from the shining cloud, didst wondrously foreshow the perfect adoption of sons: vouchsafe in Thy loving kindness, to make us coheirs with this King of glory, and to grant that we may be made partakers of that same glory. Through the same Christ our Lord.

The Gospel of today's Holy Mass, gives us a full description of the wonderful Transfiguration of Our Lord on Mount Tabor:

Matthew 17:

Gospel According to Saint Matthew Chapter 17

The Transfiguration of Christ:

1 And after six days Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: 2 And he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. 3 And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4 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. 5 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.
6 And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. 7 And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them, Arise, and fear not. 8 And they lifting up their eyes saw no one but only Jesus. 9 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.

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.

Speciosus forma prae filiis hominum: diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea regi.


here's something that Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, my heavenly patron :) wrote in one of her poems:

Here on earth, to live for love, does not mean settling on Thabor; it means climbing Calvary with Jesus and looking at the Cross as a treasure.

How beautiful is that! ;)

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee; Save Souls!

Jesu mitis et humilis corde, Fac cor nostrum secundum Cor tuum. (ter)

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