Transfiguration Day: Orthodox traditions
The Day of the Transfiguration of the Lord is a bright holiday, which is celebrated annually on August 19. Find out what traditions this Orthodox holiday carries in itself, how it was celebrated and what it is customary to pray to God on this day.
The history of the church holiday
The event, which is celebrated by the Orthodox on this day, is associated with the Transformation described in the Bible. Jesus, during his sermon, revealed his divine essence to his apostles, and revealed to them that he was a son of God. Having risen to Mount Favor, the Savior was transfigured: his face brightened, his clothes became light, and the voice of the Lord from heaven said: “This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I am in good will; Listen to him.
Jesus said that he was called to die for the sins of men by sacrificing himself. But after three days he will rise again, and after he will ascend into heaven.
How to celebrate the Transfiguration
Church services in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord begin the day before the holiday — August 18 — and continue seven more days after. On the feast of the Transfiguration in the temples, a liturgy is held, the canon is sung. The servants of the church, on this day, every one of them is dressed in white clothes, emphasizing the miraculous Favorite light that overshadowed Christ.
Orthodox believers traditionally go to the temple on August 19, the day of the Transfiguration, to defend the festive service. At home, it is customary to pray before the icon of our Savior Jesus Christ:
“O Lord Jesus Christ, our God, in the Light of life we will not come forward,
The shining of the glory of the Father, and the image of His hypostasis!
When you come to the fulfillment of times, You for mercy, unspeakable to the fallen kind of human, You have degraded yourself, the image of a slave came to you, humbled yourself to Him, having listened to be even to death.
Both before the Cross and free passions of Thoe on Mount Favorstei transfigured in His Divine Glory before Your saints, the disciples and Apostles hid the flesh of perception, Yes, Thee will be crucified, and death will be betrayed, will understand Your suffering and Divinity.
The festival of Transfiguration is popularly called the Apple Savior. On this day, intertwined church and folk traditions, and both holidays are celebrated on a large scale. The Orthodox bring to the church the fruits of the new apple harvest to sanctify after the liturgy.
In the evening, festivities are held. Despite the fact that the holiday falls on the Assumption Fast, the church allows to serve more snacks than on other fasting days: fish, apple treats and wine.
The feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord is considered one of the twelve main events in the calendar of Orthodoxy and is important for every believer. Observing the Orthodox traditions, you can not only honor the memory of your ancestors, but also get a little closer to God, put faith in Him into your soul. We wish you good luck and do not forget to press the buttons and