Our Lord of Transfiguration
I Exposition of
the Blessed Sacrament
O Saving Victim opening wide the gate of
heaven to all below. Our foes press on from every side; Thine aid supply,
Thy strength bestow.
To Thy great name be endless praise Immortal Godhead, One in Three; Oh,
grant us endless length of days, In our true native land with Thee. Amen.
of the Holy Spirit (or Come Holy Spirit song)
Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire
of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You
shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of
the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and
ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Words of Wisdom / Reflection / Homiletics Services:
mercies, you glorified your heavenly Son and revealed yourself in the bright
cloud, grant that we may listen in faith to have a love for the word of
Profession of Faith
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I
believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the
power of the Holy Spirit; born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead, on the
third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven seated at the right hand of
God the Father almighty. From thence, He shall come again to judge the
living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of
saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life
God, our Father, in the transfigured
glory of Christ your Son, you strengthen our faith by confirming the
witness of your prophets and by showing to us the splendor of your beloved
Son, help us to become heirs to the eternal life with Him, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Down in adoration falling, Lo!
The Sacred Host we hail.
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing, Newer rites of Grace prevail:
Faith for all defects supplying, Where the feeble senses fail.
To The Everlasting Father And The Son Who reigns on high,
With The Spirit blessed proceeding Forth, from Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing, Might and endless majesty. Amen.
* The same
Concluding prayer (see VI) is to be recited each day
(To be followed by
the Holy Mass)
One day Jesus left Nazareth, His hometown, and lived in Capernaum. During
that time it was a big city, not distant form Nazareth. The decision
entailed a gesture of farewell to His mother and his town mates. Everyone
making a decision must say goodbye and give up something. A vocation of
service always signifies some form of sacrifices. It is the price of the
Kingdom of God.
Mary, our mother, like her Son was growing in her faith, her
understanding of Jesus’ vocation and her acceptance of the mission God
destined for her Son. For her, this process means uncertainties, sufferings,
fears and anxieties just as for many mothers who share with their son’s
commitment to fight for justice on the risks of their lives.
Sometimes during the intense
moments of our lives, we ask ourselves, in a very special way, “what we
ought to do… what our vocation and responsibility is…” These are moments
when we are touched by the pain of injustice around us, and with our
strength, we share something in the hope that the things may change. This is
the time when we experience the presence of God who leads us toward the
future full of hope. This is the moment when God speaks to us and we become
so enlightened as to understand the meaning. This is how Jesus felt when He
was transfigured in the Mountain of Tabor.
God you have scattered the darkness with your light and have poured your
light into our hearts so that we might look upon the radiant face of Jesus
Christ. Noursih in us the desires to contemplate your beloved Son. Amen.
Transfiguration was necessary to help the apostles increase their faith and
recognize the divinity of Jesus, His union with the Father and the Spirit as
well as with the prophets of the Old Testament. Maybe there is another kind
of transfiguration that is needed for us so that, like the apostles, when
the vision was over, we may be able to “look up and see no none, but only
Jesus.” The transfiguration to which we refer is the indwelling of the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Word, in our neighbor as well as in us.
The kind of transfiguration will enable us to see the common things of
earth, sky and sea with a new wonder and fresh joy. It will also enable us
to see the presence of Jesus within ourselves and in the people who cross
our path, even if they drive us crazy. We may think that such an attitude is
too difficult to acquire but it is something that we can continuously ask
for and desire.
God, according to your plan, you have called us to holiness by your grace
which you have revealed in Jesus Christ, through your Gospel show us the way
so we could share in your mission of glorious splendor of unending life.
transfiguration episode, we can see just how much Peter lived his calling
with enthusiasm and with a sense of responsibility. “Master, it is wonderful
for us to be here, so let us make three tents, one for You, one for Moses
and one for Elijah.” Here we see Peter in all his generosity. At this moment
he feels at the height of his power and ability. He is growing in awareness
of his responsibility, the weight he carries on his shoulders.
Loving Father, you have so loved us that we have been called to be sons of
God, when Christ comes grant us that we may be like him. Amen.
Day 5. The
transfiguration anticipates the paschal mystery which begins with the cross.
Jesus can attain His permanent glory in his resurrection. But first He must
die on the cross. Transfiguration appears as a preparation and strengthening
for the disciples to face the coming passion and death of Jesus, when His
glory seems most unseen. It was given to the disciples to prepare them for
the tragedy of the cross.
Christ, before your passion and death you revealed the resurrection
to your disciple on Mount Tabor; we pray for your church which labors amid
the cares and anxieties of this world, that in its trials it may always be
transfigured by the joy of your victory. Amen.
Day 6. The
value of the vision and the accompanying glory is its gift of equipping us
for service and endurance. No one can stay on the mountaintop of Tabor
forever, for there are responsibilities in the valley. Christ fulfilled His
life’s work not in the glory but in the valley, and it was there He was
truly and completely the Messiah.
O Christ, you took Peter, James and John and led them up a high mountain
by themselves. We pray for our Pope and bishops that they may inspire in
your people the hope of being transfigured at the last day. Amen.
Without the Risen Christ, Transfiguration has no meaning. It would appear to
be just futile show without a happy ending. But the Resurrection confirms
the golry that was shown during the transfiguration and which rightly
belongs to Jesus. The glory will be manifested eventually in His second
coming for the last judgment.
O Christ, you gave light to the world when the glory of the Creator arose
over you. We pray for the men and women of good will that they walk in your
Day 8. The
Transfiguration of the Lord is one shining moment in the life of the
apostles that prepares them for the trials ahead. Peter, James and John
experience the glory in the mountain of Transfiguration. This is a foretaste
of the glory that will be theirs in the Father’s kingdom, and it will let
them see them through the “terrible” days when Jesus undergoes His passion
and death, and when they themselves are persecuted in his name.
O Christ, upon the mountaintop you let the light of your face shine over
Moses and Elijah. We ask your blessing upon your people who call on your
name, who want to belong to the kingdom of light and life. Amen.
Day 9. The
event of the transfiguration marks a decisive moment in the ministry of
Jesus. A revelatory event which prefigures the glory of the Resurrection, it
was given to the disciples to prepare them for the tragedy of the Cross. The
resurrection of Jesus is the epiphany of the Trinity. The Father raises
Jesus from the dead and the first gift of the glorification is the sending
of the Holy Spirit.
O Christ, you will reform our lowly body and make it like your glorious
one, we pray for our brothers and sisters who have died that they may
share your glory forever. Amen.
Recommended themes for each
Today is a Joyful Day.
Day 2. My Own Transfiguration
Day 3. Way of Witnessing to the Resurrection
Day 4. Experiencing God’s Presence in our Lives – The Joy of Having Christ
Day 5. Transfiguration and Agony
Day 6. Our Mission as Disciples of Jesus
Day 7. Transfiguration and Resurrection
Day 8. Revelation of Jesus to the Three
Day 9. Transfiguration and the Blessed Trinity