The Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ


Great Vespers: Blessed is the man is not sung.

Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 8: Feast 8 (Before Thy crucifixion); G/N: Feast (Foreshadowing Thy resurrection).

Entry; O Gladsome Light; Prokimenon of the day, Tone 6: My help cometh from the Lord.

3 Readings for the Feast.

Litia stichera (Sanctifying the whole world with Thy light); G: Come ye, let us go to the mountain of the Lord; N: Moses the God-beholder.

Aposticha: Feast (He Who of old spake with Moses); G/N: To Peter, James and John.

Troparia: Feast (Thou wast transfigured on the mountain) x3.


Matins: God is the Lord, Tone 7; Troparia: Feast x2; G/N Feast.

After each Kathisma: Sessional hymns of the Feast.

Polyeleos and Magnification of the Feast: We magnify Thee, O Christ the Giver of life, and we honor the most glorious transfiguration of Thy most pure flesh. Psalm verse: Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in His holy mountain.

Sessional hymns of the Feast: Moses and Elijah stood before Thee; G/N: Enlightening the disciples that were with Thee.

Hymn of Ascents, First Antiphon, Tone 4: From my youth.

Prokimenon of the Feast, Tone 4: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Thy name.

Matins Gospel: Luke 9:28-36 (45).

Psalm 50; G: All things have been filled with joy today; N: Repeat; Have mercy on me, O God; Disclosing a little of the radiance. Save, O God, Thy people.

Canon: Feast (both canons) 12 Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.


Irmos, Tone 4: The choirs of Israel passed dry-shod. & Tone 8: Having traversed the waters (each Irmos is sung twice).

Katavasia, Inscribing the invincible weapon of the Cross upon the waters.


After Ode 3, Sessional hymn of the Feast (Thou wast transfigured on Mount Tabor, O God).

After Ode 6, Kontakion (On the mount Thou wast transfigured) and Ikos of the Feast

At Ode 9, we do not sing More Honorable. We instead sing the refrains of the Feast: Magnify, O my soul, the Lord Who was transfigured on Tabor, with the canon of the feast


Exapostilarion: Feast (O Word, Thou immutable Light) x3.

Praises, Tone 4: Feast 4 (Before Thine honored Cross and suffering); G/N: Feast (Having taken Peter, James and John). After the Great Doxology: Troparion of the Feast; the two remaining Litanies and Festal Dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who on Mount Tabor was transfigured in glory before His holy disciples and apostles; First Hour.


Hours: Troparion: Feast; Kontakion: Feast.


Liturgy: The Festal Antiphons are sung in place of the usual Typical Psalms and Beatitudes.

At the entrance, the deacon (or priest if there is no deacon) says the Festal Introit in place of the usual O come let us worship: 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 the Troparion of the feast (Thou wast transfigured on the mountain), G/N: Kontakion of the feast (On the mount Thou wast transfigured).

Prokimenon, Tone 4: How magnified are Thy works, O Lord!

Epistle: II Pet. 1:10-19 (65).

Alleluia, Tone 8.

Gospel: Matt. 17:1-9 (70).

Instead of It is truly meet, we sing the refrain Magnify, O my soul, with the Irmos of the Ninth Ode, first canon (Thy birthgiving was undefiled).

Communion Hymn: O Lord, in the light of Thy face shall we walk, and in Thy name shall we rejoice forever.

After the prayer behind the Ambon, the priest censes the grapes, apples, and other fruits. Then: Let us pray to the Lord, and the prayer for the blessing of grapes, and then again, Let us pray to the Lord, and the prayer for the them that offer first fruits (apples and other fruits), and they are sprinkled with Holy Water. (These prayers are found in the Book of Needs, the Festal Menaion, and in the Hapgood service book). We then sing the Troparion and Kontakion of the Feast, Blessed be the name of the Lord, and the rest as usual.

Festal Dismissal: May Christ our true God, Who on Mount Tabor was transfigured in glory before His holy disciples and apostles. And the blessed grapes are distributed with the Antidoron.


Vespers: Lord I have Cried, Tone 4, on 6: Feast 3 (Before thine honored Cross); Venerable Martyr Dometius 3 (Having set aside); G/N: Feast (Foreshadowing Thy resurrection).

Entry, O Gladsome Light; The Great Prokimenon, Tone 7: Our God is in heaven and on earth; all things soever He hath willed, He hath done.

Aposticha: Feast.

Troparia: Venerable Martyr (Tone 4: Having struggled on the mountain); G/N: Feast (Thou wast transfigured on the mountain); Festal Dismissal.