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The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ with Moses and Elijah, and Peter James and John by Francesco Zuccarelli (1702-1788); commons.wikimedia.org
 
 
How good it would be to remain here

From a sermon on the Day of the Transfiguration of the Lord by Anastasius of Sinai, (died after 700), Bishop
(Nn. 6-10: Melanges d’archeologie et d’histoire 67 [1955], 241-244)


The mystery we celebrate today was manifested by Jesus to his disciples on Mount Tabor. In effect, after having spoken to them on the kingdom and His second glorious coming, He took into account the fact that perhaps they were not still very convinced about all He was announcing. And, desiring to fuse into their hearts a most firm and intimate conviction, so that in the present they would believe in what was to be in the future, He realized before their eyes that admirable manifestation on Mount Tabor, like a prefigurative image of the kingdom of the Heavens. It was as if He said to them: The time that will pass before my predictions are attained is not to be motive for your faith to weaken, and for this, now at this very moment, in the present time, I will assure you that some of those here present will not die without having first seen the Son of man present Himself with the full glory of His Father.

And the evangelist, to show that the power of Christ was in harmony with his own will, adds: six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter, James and his brother John, up to a high Mount, and He transfigured Himself in their presence; His rostrum became brilliant like the sun and His garments turned white like light. And Moses and Elijah appeared and conversed with Him.

These are the marvels of the present solemnity. This is the mystery, healthy for us, which has now been fulfilled on the Mount, as, at the same time, the impending death and festivity of Christ reunites us. For all this is so that we may penetrate, together with the elect among the disciples inspired by God, into the profound sentiment of these ineffable and sacred mysteries; let us listen to the divine and sacred voice that insistently calls us from on high, from the summit of the Mount.

We must hasten to go there - I dare say - like Jesus, who there, in Heaven, is our guide and precursor, with whom we will shine with our spiritualized glance, renovated in a certain way within the entrails of our soul, made to conform to His image and, like Him, continuously transfigured and made participants of the divine nature, and disposed for the celestial gifts.

Let us run there, animated and joyful, and let us penetrate the intimacy of the cloud, imitating Moses and Elijah, or James and John. Let us be like Peter, hastened by the divine vision and apparition, himself transfigured by that beautiful transfiguration, done with the world, disengaged from the earth; let us divest ourselves from the carnal; let us leave behind the created and return to the Creator, to the One whom Peter, in a moment of rapture said: Lord, how good it would be to remain here!

Certainly, Peter, in truth: how good it would be to remain here with Jesus, and to remain here for ever. Is there something more blissful, more elevated, more important than to be with God, to be made to conform to Him, to live in the light? Each one of us, by the fact of having God inside ourselves and to be transfigured in His divine image, has the right to exclaim with joy: How good it would be to remain here, where everything is resplandescent, where happiness, bliss and joy are found, where the heart enjoys absolute tranquility, serenity and sweetness, where we see Christ God, where He, together with the Father, establishes His dwelling place and says, upon entering: Today health has come to this house, where with Christ are found accumulated the treasures of the eternal goods, where we find reproduced, like with a mirror, the images of the realities of the future.

PRAYER

Lord God, Who in the glorious Transfiguration of Jesus Christ confirmed the mysteries of the faith with the testimony of Moses and Elijah, and made us see a glimpse in the glory of Your Son the grandiosity of our definitive filial adoption, make it so we always listen to the voice of Your Beloved Son, who lives with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Translated from the Spanish Office of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
How good it would be to remain here

From a sermon on the Day of the Transfiguration of the Lord by Anastasius of Sinai, (died after 700), Bishop
(Nn. 6-10: Melanges d’archeologie et d’histoire 67 [1955], 241-244)


The mystery we celebrate today was manifested by Jesus to his disciples on Mount Tabor. In effect, after having spoken to them on the kingdom and His second glorious coming, He took into account the fact that perhaps they were not still very convinced about all He was announcing. And, desiring to fuse into their hearts a most firm and intimate conviction, so that in the present they would believe in what was to be in the future, He realized before their eyes that admirable manifestation on Mount Tabor, like a prefigurative image of the kingdom of the Heavens. It was as if He said to them: The time that will pass before my predictions are attained is not to be motive for your faith to weaken, and for this, now at this very moment, in the present time, I will assure you that some of those here present will not die without having first seen the Son of man present Himself with the full glory of His Father.

And the evangelist, to show that the power of Christ was in harmony with his own will, adds: six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter, James and his brother John, up to a high Mount, and He transfigured Himself in their presence; His rostrum became brilliant like the sun and His garments turned white like light. And Moses and Elijah appeared and conversed with Him.

These are the marvels of the present solemnity. This is the mystery, healthy for us, which has now been fulfilled on the Mount, as, at the same time, the impending death and festivity of Christ reunites us. For all this is so that we may penetrate, together with the elect among the disciples inspired by God, into the profound sentiment of these ineffable and sacred mysteries; let us listen to the divine and sacred voice that insistently calls us from on high, from the summit of the Mount.

We must hasten to go there - I dare say - like Jesus, who there, in Heaven, is our guide and precursor, with whom we will shine with our spiritualized glance, renovated in a certain way within the entrails of our soul, made to conform to His image and, like Him, continuously transfigured and made participants of the divine nature, and disposed for the celestial gifts.

Let us run there, animated and joyful, and let us penetrate the intimacy of the cloud, imitating Moses and Elijah, or James and John. Let us be like Peter, hastened by the divine vision and apparition, himself transfigured by that beautiful transfiguration, done with the world, disengaged from the earth; let us divest ourselves from the carnal; let us leave behind the created and return to the Creator, to the One whom Peter, in a moment of rapture said: Lord, how good it would be to remain here!

Certainly, Peter, in truth: how good it would be to remain here with Jesus, and to remain here for ever. Is there something more blissful, more elevated, more important than to be with God, to be made to conform to Him, to live in the light? Each one of us, by the fact of having God inside ourselves and to be transfigured in His divine image, has the right to exclaim with joy: How good it would be to remain here, where everything is resplandescent, where happiness, bliss and joy are found, where the heart enjoys absolute tranquility, serenity and sweetness, where we see Christ God, where He, together with the Father, establishes His dwelling place and says, upon entering: Today health has come to this house, where with Christ are found accumulated the treasures of the eternal goods, where we find reproduced, like with a mirror, the images of the realities of the future.

PRAYER

Lord God, Who in the glorious Transfiguration of Jesus Christ confirmed the mysteries of the faith with the testimony of Moses and Elijah, and made us see a glimpse in the glory of Your Son the grandiosity of our definitive filial adoption, make it so we always listen to the voice of Your Beloved Son, who lives with You in the Unity of the Holy Spirit and is God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Translated from the Spanish Office of the Hours by Jan Paul von Wendt - liturgiasdelashoras.com.ar


 
 
 
 
August 6 - Feast of The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ - How good it would be to remain here - From a sermon on the Transfiguration of the Lord by Anastasius of Sinai (died after 700), Bishop


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.