Wednesday, 6 August 2008
THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (II)
“The Gospel of this Mass gives a full description of the wonderful Transfiguration of Our Lord on Mount Thabor.”
Collect: O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son didst confirm the Mysteries of the faith by the witness of the fathers, and in the voice which came down from the shining cloud, didst wondrously foreshow the perfect adoption of sons: vouchsafe in Thy loving kindness, to make us coheirs with this King of glory, and to grant that we may be partakers of that same glory. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who livest and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
Epistle: From the Second Letter of Bl. Peter the Apostle, 1:16-19.
[The Apostles were eyewitnesses of the majesty of our Lord at the transfiguration.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 17:1-9.
[Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Tabor; manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.]
ST. SIXTUS II, Pope, Martyr and SS. FELICISSIMUS and AGAPITUS, Martyrs (Comm.)
“St. Sixtus (or Xystus) II and two of his deacons, St. Felicissimus and St. Agapitus, were martyred during the persecution of Decius A.D. 258.”
Collect: O God, who dost permit us to celebrate the heavenly birthday of Thy holy Martyrs, Sixtus, Felicissimus and Agapitus: grant that we may rejoice in their fellowship in everlasting bliss. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Lesson: From the Book of Wisdom, 5:16-20.
[The reward of the just and the reprobation of the wicked.]
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke, 6:17-23.
[The persecuted disciples of Christ will be rewarded in heaven.]
Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962 (Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter, www.baroniuspress.com)