Transfiguration Sunday Topical Study

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Jesus' transfiguration is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. At the transfiguration the glory of God in the person of Jesus was revealed to Peter, James, and John. In this glory we glimpse the glory Jesus would receive at the completion of his redemptive work. The spirit and colors of the worship space at this time should aim to reflect Christ's glory, so the suggested color for celebrating is white. Transfiguration, like Christmas, Epiphany, and Baptism of our Lord, affirms the identity of Jesus as not only fully human but also fully divine. Just as the transfiguration prepared Jesus for his passion and death, so our observance of his transfiguration prepares us for our Lenten journey toward the cross and the empty tomb.

In Scripture

Exodus 24

Exodus 34:29-35

1 Kings 19:1-18

2 Kings 2:1-12

Psalm 2

Psalm 50:1-6

Psalm 99

Matthew 17:1-3

Mark 9:2-12

Luke 9:28-36

2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6

2 Peter 1:16-21

1 John 3:2

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