Benefice of Derwent Ings
August 6th. On this festival day the Church bears witness to the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The disciples Peter, James and John were taken up into a high mountain by Jesus who was transfigured before them, as he appeared in “uncreated light,” flanked by Moses and Elijah, the Old Testament giants, who represented the Law and the Prophets. The three discussed his coming death; and, just as Moses delivered the people from bondage in Egypt, so Jesus would deliver the world from the bondage of sin.
The disciples, terrified, fell to the ground as a voice from heaven identified Jesus as his Beloved Son, telling them to “listen to him.” As witnesses to this gripping event they would come to realise, after his death and resurrection; that, just as Peter declared, they had encountered the power of God himself.
Father in heaven, whose Son, Jesus Christ, was wonderfully transfigured before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem; give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross that in the world to come we may see him as he is; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
August 29th. The end of August marks the commemoration of the death of John the Baptist, who prepared the Way of the Lord. So we pray:
Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour by the preaching of repentance: lead us to repent according to his preaching, and, after his example, constantly to speak the truth, boldly to rebuke vice, and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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