The Transfiguration of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ

 

It should go without saying that if one has any possible means of traveling to a Church

to attend the liturgy for Transfiguration, they should do so.  However, if it is not

possible for one to do so, the following is provided so that at least they can participate

in the feast to the extent possible, under such circumstances.

 

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

 

Instead of “O come let us worship…” the Choir signs 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 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.

 

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]

 

Kontakion

 

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.

 

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.

 

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