The Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

 

In place of the usual antiphons, use the festal antiphons:

 

The First Antiphon (Second Tone)

 

Stichos 1:  Shout with jubilation unto the Lord all the earth; * chant ye unto His

name, give glory in praise of Him.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 2:  The voice of Thy thunder is in their rolling. * And Thy lightnings have

lightened the world; the earth was shaken and it trembled.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Stichos 3:  Confession and majesty hast Thou put on, * Who coverest Thyself with

light as with a garment.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us.

 

The Second Antiphon  (Second Tone)

 

Stichos 1:  The mountains of Zion on the side of the north, * the city of the Great

King.

Refrain:  O Son of God Who wast transfigured upon the mountain, save us who

sing to Thee:  Alleluia.

Stichos 2:  And He brought them unto the mountain of His sanctuary, * this

mountain which His right hand had gained as a possession.

Refrain.  O Son of God Who wast transfigured upon the mountain, save us who

sing to Thee:  Alleluia.

Stichos 3:  Mount Zion which He loved, * and He built His sanctuary like that of

a unicorn.

Refrain:  O Son of God Who wast transfigured upon the mountain, save us who

sing to Thee:  Alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and

unto the ages of ages.  Amen.

            O only-begotten Son and Word of God, Who art immortal, yet didst deign for our

salvation to be incarnate of the Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, and without

change didst become man, and was crucified, O Christ God, trampling down death by

death.  Thou Who art one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy

Spirit, save us.

 

The Third Antiphon

 

Reader: Stichos 1:  They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion; nevermore shall

they be shaken.

 

Choir: (Troparion, Tone 7): 

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, /

showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure; /

shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending /

through the prayers of the Theotokos.  O Light-giver, glory be to Thee.

 

            Stichos 2:  Mountains are round about her, and the Lord is round about His

people from henceforth and for evermore.

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 3:  O Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? and who shall dwell in

Thy holy mountain?

            Choir:  Repeat Troparion

            Stichos 4:  Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord?  Or who shall stand

in His holy place? 

Choir:  Repeat Troparion

 

The entry verse:

           

O Lord, send out Thy Light and Thy truth; they have guided me along the way,

and have brought me unto Thy holy mountain.

 

And immediately after that, the choir sings the Troparion and Kontakion of the feast:

 

Tone 7:  Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, /

showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure; /

shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending //

through the prayers of the Theotokos.  O Light-giver, glory be to Thee.

 

Glory… Both now… Tone 7:  On the mount Thou wast transfigured, /

and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear, beheld Thy glory, O Christ God; /

so that when they should see Thee crucified, /

they would know thy passion to be willing, /

and would preach to the world //

that Thou, in truth, art the Effulgence of the Father.

 

The Epistle

 

Reader: The Prokimenon in the 4th Tone: How magnified are Thy works, O Lord!  In

wisdom hast Thou made them all.

Choir:  How magnified are Thy works, O Lord!  In wisdom hast Thou made them all.

Reader:  Bless the Lord, O my soul; O Lord my God, Thou hast been magnified

exceedingly.

Choir:  How magnified are Thy works, O Lord!  In wisdom hast Thou made them all.

Reader: How magnified are Thy works, O Lord! 

Choir:  In wisdom hast Thou made them all.
 

Reader: The Reading is from the Second Catholic Epistle of the Holy Apostle Peter: 

[2nd Peter 1:10-19]

 

Reader: Alleluia in the 8th Tone.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:  Thine are the heavens, and Thine is the Earth.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Reader:   Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation.

Choir: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Gospel [Matthew 17:1-9]

 

Instead of “It is truly meet…” we chant the Irmos of the 9th Ode of the First Canon of

the feast, Forth Tone:

 

Refrain:  Magnify, O my soul, the Lord transfigured on Tabor.

 

Irmos:   Thy birthgiving was undefiled: /

God came forth from thy womb, /

and He appeared upon earth /

wearing flesh and made His dwelling among men; //

therefore we all magnify thee, O Theotokos.

 

Communion Verse:  O Lord, in the light of Thy face shall we walk, and in Thy name

shall we rejoice forever.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

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