Saturday, August 4, 2007
The Proper of the Day: The Transfiguration
On Monday we celebrate the Major Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. It's been observed in the East since the fourth century, and in the West since the Middle Ages. In this feast we recall when Heaven and Earth are met together in a single moment, and we look forward to the time when that will be more than a mere moment in time but will be for all people and all times. In the Episcopal Church, we also observe this event on the Last Sunday after Epiphany as well, making it possibly the only moment in Christ's life observed more than once in the church year except for the Resurrection itself, which we of course observe every Sunday on the first day of the week.
It's also the anniversary of the first and so far only use of the atomic bomb, by the United States, against Japan, when Hiroshima was destroyed by a single fission bomb on August 6, 1945.
O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.