August 6

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The Transfiguration of the Lord. On Mount Tabor, Jesus manifested His glory to the Apostles Peter, James and John.

See also: Regal Grandeur of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira.

Mass Readings

Featured Saints

St. Justus and St. Pastor

Sts. Justus and Pastor, martyrs (†304). Young brothers martyred in Spain; they voluntarily presented themselves before the tribunal and professed their faith in Christ, and were both scourged. When they proved to remain firm, they were killed.

St. Hormisdas, Pope (†523). A peacemaker, he resolved the schism provoked by Acacius in the East and combated simony.

St. Maria Francesca of Jesus (Anna Maria Rubatto), virgin (†1904). She founded the Institute of Capuchin Tertiary Sisters in Loano, Italy.

Blessed Gezelin, hermit (†c. 1138). He was born in Luxembourg and lived as an anchorite in a woods, confiding solely in God. 

Blessed Octavian of Savona, bishop (†1132). Benedictine monk, brother of Pope Calixtus II, elected Bishop of Savona.

Blessed Francis Zanfredini, hermit (†c. 1350). Franciscan tertiary who gave his property to the poor and lived for almost fifty years in a hermitage in Montegranaro, Italy.

Blessed Thaddeus Dulny, martyr (†1942). During the Nazi occupation of Poland, he was imprisoned, for being a Catholic seminarian, in Dachau concentration camp, Germany. There he died as a result of the overwork, beatings and starvation he suffered there. 

Mass Readings

First Reading – Dn 7:9-10, 13-14

As I watched: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool; his throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened and the books were opened. As the visions during the night continued, I saw: One like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven;  When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.

Responsorial Psalm – 97:1-2, 5-6, 9 (R.1a, 9a)

R. The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many islands be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne. R.

The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory. R.

Because you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth,
exalted far above all gods. R.

Second Reading – 2 Pt 1:16-19

Beloved: 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 honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “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. Moreover, we possess the prophetic message that is altogether reliable. You will do well to be attentive to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Gospel – Mk 9:2-10

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother 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 fuller on earth could bleach them.
Then Elijah appeared to them along with Moses,
and they were conversing with Jesus.
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply,
“Rabbi, it is good that we are here!
Let us make three tents:
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
He hardly knew what to say, they were so terrified.
Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them;
from the cloud came a voice,
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone
but Jesus alone with them.

As they were coming down from the mountain,
he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone,
except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
So they kept the matter to themselves,
questioning what rising from the dead meant.


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