Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Transfiguration of the Sinner
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord - II Class
Epistle: II Pet. 1:16-19 [We believe in the One whom God revealed to be His Son.]
Gospel: Mt. 17:1-9 [The Transfiguration]
Full Latin-English propers here.
This is one of several feasts (together with the Ascension) that historically was used to celebrate Christ the King, since the actual feast of Christ the King in October was not established until the 20th Century. Why is today's feast about Christ the King? Today we see Christ as He truly is. Today we see His glory revealed. In the Divine Office today (at the Invitatory antiphon) He is called the "Summum Regem gloriae" (Most High King of Glory). That is what makes the Transfiguration important: We are seeing the glory of Christ the King revealed. Today Christ reveals His True Self to us and lets us see Him as He really is.