Monday, August 07, 2006

Feast and Afterfeast

I sometimes think that Christians should choose a solemnity, in much the way many people take a patron saint, one that especially sums up to them their perspective on Christian life. Of course, there's a sense in which Easter and Christmas are universal feasts in this sense; but not everyone, I think, is equally called to speak the truth of Easter or the truth of Christmas to the Church and to the world. Some might be called to be Christians of the Annunciation, or of the Baptism, or of the Triumphal Entry, or of Pentecost; not, of course, in the sense that they are different kinds of Christian but in the sense that they are Christians called to affirm more clearly different aspects of life in Christ. There is no question what my special solemnity would be; it occurred yesterday. It is the Feast of the Transfiguration.

Like many great feasts, Transfiguration has an octave and an apodosis; it had a forefeast on Saturday and its afterfeast today. So as a sort of celebration there will be Transfiguration-related posts here and there throughout the week.

Some reading on the Transfiguration.


Not To Be Missed

Transfigure this out (Way of the Fathers): a sermon by Augustine on the day

Angelus Message on the Feast of the Transfiguration (St. Peter's Helpers)

Three from St Ephrem (Summa Minutiae)

The Manifestation of Divine Glory (Deacon Dan Wright)

Feast of the Transfiguration (Spero Forum Weblog)

A Chinese Hymn on the Transfiguration (Word from the Desert)

The Transfiguration Shows Us Who Jesus Is (Bonfire of the Vanities)

St Ephrem's Teaching on the Transfiguration (From the Anchor Hold)


Reflections

Transfiguration (Italian (American) Catholic)

Transfiguration (fatherwoolley.com)

Feast of the Transfiguration: of Christ, Mankind, and Creation (Historical Christian)

The Transfiguration (Southwark Vocations)

Practicing Prayer (meditatio)

Feast of the Transfiguration (ByzFaith)

Unclerical Sermons to Myself (The Curt Jester)


Hiroshima and Tabor
Transfiguration (Sacramentum Vitae)

Sunday Thought: The Kingdom Coming Business (Apologia)

Coming Down the Mountain (Rickety Contrivances of Doing Good)

Christ and the Bomb (Liberamedeus)

The Joy of the Transfiguration (Flos Carmeli)

Transfigurations (From the Anchor Hold)

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