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 SECOND BOOK OF KINGS
When the Lord was about
to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were
on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, "Stay here;
for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel." But Elisha said,
"As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not
leave you." So they went down to Bethel. The company of
prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him,
"Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away
from you?" And he said, "Yes, I know; keep silent."
Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent
me to Jericho." But he said, "As the Lord lives, and as
you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to
Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to
Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the Lord
will take your master away from you?" And he answered,
"Yes, I know; be silent." Then Elijah said to him,
"Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan." But
he said, "As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will
not leave you." So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the
company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from
them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took
his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was
parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them
crossed on dry ground. When they had crossed, Elijah said to
Elisha, "Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken
from you." Elisha said, "Please let me inherit a double
share of your spirit." He responded, "You have asked a
hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it
will be granted you; if not, it will not." As they continued
walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire
separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into
heaven. Elisha kept watching and crying out, "Father, father!
The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" But when he could
no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two
2 KINGS 2:1-12
REFRAIN God reveals
himself in glory.
Lord, the God of gods, has spoken; he has called the earth from
the rising of the sun to its setting.
of Zion, perfect in its beauty, God reveals himself in glory. R
God will come and will not keep silence; before him there is a
consuming flame, and round about him a raging storm.
calls the heavens and the earth from above to witness the
judgement of his people. R
before me my loyal followers, those who have made a covenant with
me and sealed it with sacrifice."
the heavens declare the rightness of his cause; for God himself is
READING FROM THE SECOND LETTER OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
Even if our gospel is
veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the
god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to
keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of
Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves;
we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for
Jesus' sake. For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out
of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-6
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK
Six days later, Jesus
took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high
mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before
them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on
earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with
Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus,
"Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three
dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud
overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice,
"This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!" Suddenly
when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but
only Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them
to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of
Man had risen 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.
readings for the Sundays after the Epiphany may be found with
other ferial readings, in numerical order, beginning with Proper