A stained glass window at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral depicting the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, one of the five tabernacle feasts (Daghavar Don) in the Armenian Apostolic Church was observed on Sunday, July 12. At St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the Cathedral’s Pastor Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan was the day’s celebrant. The inspirational homily was delivered by the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian who presided over the service on the day of the tabernacle feast.
In his sermon, the Primate emphasized the need for prayer as a means of transfiguring our spiritual lives. ” As we celebrate one of the five tabernacle feasts observed by the Armenian Apostolic Church, let us reflect on the significance of the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A true Christian, follows our Christ, our Lord and makes His prayer-life the true resemblance of the believer’s spirituality. Apostles John, James and Peter accompanied Christ on Mount Tabor and they were astonished to witness the Lord’s transfiguration. (Matthew 17:1-13, Mark 9:2-13, Luke 9:27-36). Prayer is a movement in our spirituality, which leads us to God, and thus we feel the very presence of God within us. However, this movement becomes valuable when our relationship with God remains steadfast in prayer. Our relationship with God leads us to the newness of life.
…Prayer bears much fruit when it becomes the constant movement of our soul. The more we pray, the closer we are to God. The more we pray the closer we are to the people of God. Thus let us transform our lives and strengthen the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters,” said His Eminence in part.
The other four tabernacle feasts include the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany, Holy Easter, Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God and the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. All tabernacle feasts are followed by Remembrance of the Dead (Merelotz).