On Sunday, July 27, the Armenian Church will observe one of its five major feasts: the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ. The observance recalls Christ’s ascent up Mount Tabor, accompanied by his disciples John, James, and Peter. At the mountain’s summit, to the disciple’s frightened amazement, Christ was transfigured in a blinding white light; the Old Testament figures Moses and Elijah emerged from the mists of time to confer with the Lord; and the voice of God boomed from out of the heavens to affirm Jesus as his Son.
Jesus was characteristically reticent about the episode: he urged the disciples not to speak of it. But the gospels recorded it for posterity, and his church—including local Armenian parishes across the Diocese—celebrates it every year.