Jesus Christ shortly before his suffering on the cross took three of his disciples (Peter, James, John) and went north from Capernaum to Tabor, a mountain that towered like a fortress over the hills of Galilee.
The Transfiguration of the Lord is the feast of the visual manifestation of God's kingdom on the whole earth
Upon coming to Tabor, the disciples witnessed the Divine act of the Transfiguration of Christ, the manifestation of his glory and greatness. The face of the Savior is likened to light, which throws out lightning, his clothes become as white as snow. Jesus stood surrounded by a wonderful light, as if bathed in the rays of the sun. At this time, the prophets Elijah and Moses appeared to Christ, who talked with him. Scripture interpreters (exegetes) maintain that the dialogue was about the forthcoming sacrifice on Calvary, about the approaching sufferings of the Savior and that all human sins are redeemed through the blood of his Son.
Three Christ's disciples were awarded a great joy that was incomparable to anything - the contemplation of the light of the Divine. It seemed to them that at that hour time had stopped. Surprised to the depths of the soul, the apostles fell to the ground. After the vision disappeared, they, together with Jesus, descended from Tabor and returned to
Thus, the Transfiguration of the Lord is the feast of the visual manifestation of God's kingdom on earth. Christianity has the ability to attract people, not with vivid oratorical eloquence and not with the external appeal of rituals. The Transfiguration of the Lord is a feast, revealing to the human soul again and again a new world, which is an eternal Divine light.
The Orthodox holiday, celebrated annually on August 19 - The Transfiguration of the Lord, reminds people about the meaning of their symbols. Mount Tabor acts as a silence, a place of solitude in which it is easier to utter prayers that help to connect the restless human consciousness with God.
On the day of the Transfiguration of the Lord, according to the ancient tradition that arose in the time of the apostles, in churches the holy fruits are sprinkled with ripened fruits before eating them for food. At the same time, appropriate prayers are spoken. The Transfiguration of the Lord is a holiday during which the Church asks God for the blessing of the sanctification of the souls and bodies of those who will taste these fruits. Throughout the entire Orthodox celebration, prayers are offered to the Lord for the preservation of the quiet and joyful life of the parishioners, for the multiplication of the gifts of the earth. On this day, all the clothes of the clergy are white, which symbolizes the shining of the lamp.