He took Peter, John, and James and went up the
mountain to pray.
While He was praying His face changed in appearance
and His clothing became dazzling white.
And behold, two men were conversing with Him, Moses
and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of His
exodus that He was going to accomplish in Jerusalem.
Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep,
but becoming fully awake, they saw His glory and the
two men standing with Him.
As they were about to part from Him, Peter said to Jesus,
"Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three
tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
But he did not know what he was saying.
While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a
shadow over them, and they became frightened when
they entered the cloud.
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
"This is my chosen Son; listen to Him."
After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They
fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they
In 2002, Pope John Paul II selected the Transfiguration as
one of the five Luminous Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary.
Fruit of this mystery: the desire for holiness.
"The mystery of light par excellence
is the Transfiguration, traditionally
believed to have taken place on
Mount Tabor. The glory of the
Godhead shines forth from the face
of Christ as the Father commands
the astonished Apostles to 'listen to
him' (cf. Luke 9:35 and parallels)
and to prepare to experience with
him the agony of the Passion, so as
to come with him to the joy of the
Resurrection and a life transfigured
by the Holy Spirit."
Pope John Paul II, The Rosary of the Virgin Mary, para. 21
As the visions during the night continued, I saw One
like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven.
When he reached the Ancient One and was presented
before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not
be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.
(Prophet) Daniel 7:13-14
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you the power and
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had
been eyewitnesses of His majesty.
For He received honor and glory from God
the Father when that unique declaration
came to Him from the majestic glory, "This is
my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased."
We ourselves heard this voice come from
heaven while we were with Him on the holy
Moreover, we possess the prophetic message
that is altogether reliable. You will do well
to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a
dark place, until day dawns and the morning
star rises in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:16-19
by Raphael; this painting depicts Jesus and the two prophets, Moses and Elijah, the
three disciples, Peter, James (son of Zebedee) and John the Evangelist; Rapheal's last painting; 1518-1520; Vatican Museums,
August 6 - The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
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