SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
on the holy mount you revealed to chosen witnesses
your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured:
mercifully deliver us from the darkness of this world,
and change us into his likeness from glory to glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF EXODUS
The Lord said to Moses,
"Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will
give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment,
which I have written for their instruction." So Moses set out
with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of
God. To the elders he had said, "Wait here for us, until we
come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a
dispute may go to them." Then Moses went up on the mountain,
and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled
on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the
seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the
appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on
the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.
Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on
the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
REFRAIN God has exalted his
are the nations in an uproar? Why do the peoples mutter empty
do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the princes plot
together, against the Lord and against his Anointed? R
us break their yoke," they say; "let us cast off their
bonds from us."
whose throne is in heaven is laughing; the Lord has them in
he speaks to them in his wrath, and his rage fills them with
myself have set my king upon my holy hill of Zion." R
me announce the decree of the Lord: he said to me, "You are
my Son; this day have I begotten you.
of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance and
the ends of the earth for your possession.
shall crush them with an iron rod and shatter them like a piece of
now, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
to the Lord with fear, and with trembling bow before him; R
he be angry and you perish; for his wrath is quickly kindled.
are they all who take refuge in him! R
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PETER
For we did not follow
cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of
his majesty. For he received honour and glory from God the Father
when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying,
"This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well
pleased." We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven,
while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the
prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be
attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the
day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all
you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a
matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came
by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke
2 PETER 1:16-21
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Six days later, Jesus took
with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a
high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling
white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking
with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us
to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for
you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still
speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the
cloud a voice said, "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I
am well pleased; listen to him!" When the disciples heard
this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus
came and touched them, saying, "Get up and do not be
afraid." And when they looked up, they saw no one except
Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus
ordered them, "Tell no one about the vision until after the
Son of Man has been raised from the dead."
OVER THE GIFTS
receive all we offer you this day,
and bring us to that radiant glory
which we see in the transfigured face
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
May we who are partakers of his table
reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know
his power to change and save.
We ask this in his name.