August 6

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ


Double of the Second Class

INTROIT Ps. 76. 19

Illuxerunt coruscationes tuae orbi terrae: commota est, et contremuit terra. -- Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Domine virtutem! concupiscit, et deficit anima mea in atria Domini. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Illuxerunt coruscationes . . . Thy lightnings enlightened the world: the earth shook and trembled. -- (Ps. 83. 2, 3). How lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Thy lightnings . . .


COLLECT1.--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 made partakers of that same glory. Through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth . . .

   Commemoration of St. Xystus II, Pope, Martyr, and of his deacons, Sts. Felicissimus and Agapitus, Martyrs, who were martyred during the persecution of Decius A.D. 258:
2nd COLLECT.--O God, who dost grant unto 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 liveth and reigneth . . .


EPISTLE II Peter 1. 16-19
Lesson from the second Epistle of Blessed Peter the Apostle.

[The Apostles were eyewitnesses of the majesty of Our Lord at the Transfiguration.]

Dearly beloved, We have not followed cunningly-devised fables, when we made known to you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but having been made eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory; this voice coming down to Him from the excellent glory, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him." And the voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with Him in the holy mount. And we have the more firm prophetical word, whereunto you do well to attend, as to a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.


GRADUAL Ps. 44. 3, 2

Speciosus forma prae filiis hominum: diffusa est gratia in labiis tuis. V.: Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Candor est lucis aeternae, speculum sine macula, et imago bonitatis illius. Alleluia.
Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in Thy lips. V.: My heart hath uttered a good word. I speak my works to the King.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.(Wisd. 7. 26). He is the brightest of eternal light, the unspotted mirror, and the image of His goodness. Alleluia.


GOSPEL Matthew 17. 1-9
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.

[Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Mount Thabor; manifestation of the divinity of Jesus.]

At that time Jesus took Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. And Peter answering said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. And lo, a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man till the Son of Man be risen from the dead.


OFFERTORY Ps. 111. 3

Gloria, et divitiae in domo ejus: et justitia ejus manet in saeculum saeculi. Alleluia. Glory and wealth are in His House: and His justice remaineth for ever and ever. Alleluia.


SECRET.--Hallow, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the offerings we offer Thee on the glorious Transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son, and by the brightness of His glory, clease us from the stains of our sins. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .

   Commemoration of Sts. Sixtus, Felicissimus, and Agapitus:
2nd SECRET.--We offer unto Thee, O Lord, the gifts of our devotion: may they please Thee as honoring Thy just ones, and through Thy mercy profit us unto salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity . . .


Preface of the Nativity

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus: Quia per incarnati Verbi mysterium nova mentis nostrae oculis lux tuae claritatis infulsit: ut, dum visibiliter Deum cognoscimus, per hunc in invisibilum amorem rapiamur. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militai coelestis exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae canimus sine fine dicentes: It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, for through the Mystery of the Word made flesh, the new light of Thy glory hath shone upon the eyes of our mind, so that while we acknowledge God in visible form, we may through Him be drawn to the love of things invisible. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Throne and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:


COMMUNION Matthew 17. 9

Visionem quam vidistis, nemini dixeritis, donec a mortuis resurgat Filius hominis. Tell the vision you have seen to no man, till the Son of Man be risen from the dead.


POSTCOMMUNION.--Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we may apprehend with purified minds, the most holy Mystery of the Transfiguration of Thy Son, which we keep with solemn worship. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .

   Commemoration of Sts. Sixtus, Felicissimus, and Agapitus:
2nd POSTCOMMUNION.--Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, through the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs Sixtus, Filicissimus, and Agapitus, that what we take with the mouth, we may receive with a pure heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth . . .

1 Indulgence of 5 years, each time. -- Plenary, under the usual conditions, when this prayer is recited daily during a month. -- P.P.O. n. 52.