Wednesday, August 17, 2022 UTC

AUG 5: TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD & BLESSING OF FRUIT (SOLEMN HOLY DAY)

transfiguration_610x300  AUG 5: VESPERS & BLESSING OF FRUIT – 6:00 PM (LIVE-STREAMED).

Homily Transfiguration

PROPERS VESPERS: 08-06_Transfiguration_Vespers

PROPERS DIVINE LITURGY:  08-06_Transfiguration_DL

Parishes live-streaming in the Diocese can be found here: https://www.eparchyofpassaic.com/livestream

Feast Of The Holy Transfiguration And Blessing Of The Fruits According To Byzantine Rite Tradition (from Byzantine Eparchy of Pittsburgh): https://archpitt.org/feast-of-the-holy-transfiguration-and-blessing-of-the-fruits-according-to-byzantine-rite-tradition/

The Gospel reading on August 5th is Matthew 21: 12-14 & 17-20. The reading tells us about Jesus at the Temple. In this reading, Jesus drives out the sellers and money changers in the Temple, even though society and the religious leaders accepted it. Jesus, on the other hand, did not. According to Jesus, the temple was supposed to be a place of prayer, a place to draw close to God. Instead, the Temple had become a place of business and it degenerated the true essence of the Temple.

Feast of the Transfiguration (Day of Blessing of Fruit) is on August 6th each year.  The Gospel reading on August 6th is Matthew 17:1-9, which recounts the Transfiguration in which Jesus becomes radiant in glory before the Apostles Peter, James and John on Mount Tabor. It is a special moment for them, as Peter confirms – ‘it is good for us to be here’. Also appearing next to Jesus and whom Jesus speaks to are the prophets Moses and Elijah as well as God from the heavens who called Jesus “Son.”  Thus, the feast commemorates this event. The blessing of grapes, as well as other fruits and vegetables on this day is the most beautiful and adequate sign of the final transfiguration of all things in Christ. It signifies the ultimate flowering and fruitfulness of all creation in God’s Paradise where all will be transformed by the glory of the Lord.