The Transfiguration of Our Lord

الْمَجْدُ للهِ! Praise be to God always!ܬܶܫܒܽܘܚܬܳܐ ܠܰܐܠܳܗܳܐ!

Entrance Hymn

From on High, God the Father’s Voice

Syriac: ehnono noohro shareero

From on high, God the Father’s voice
shook the heavens and the earth.
He proclaimed: “This is my own Son,
who has come to save the world.”
Now transfigured on the mount, his pure face shined like the sun.
O apostles, worship him. All you prophets, honor him
since his coming you foretold.
O how good and how wonderful
to ascend Mount Tabor’s heights!
Bathed in bright and resplendent light,
prophets and apostles met.
God the Father’s voice was heard, bearing witness to his Son.
All the righteous and the just yearned to see the face of Christ.
Age to age, they longed for him.
Come rejoice, Peter, James, and John!
You beheld the face of Christ,
shining bright like the midday sun;
he was clothed in brilliant light.
Blessèd are the ears that heard and believed the Father’s words:
“This is my beloved Son, who gives life to all the world
by his dying on the cross.”

Opening Prayers

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Lord Jesus, make us worthy to celebrate the feast of your transfiguration on the mountain, with purity and holiness, with divine praises, and with hymns of the Holy Spirit. May we be filled with spiritual joy and gladness and raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to Jesus Christ, the radiant Light, beyond description, who shines forth from the Eternal Father. He revealed the mystery of the most exalted Trinity to us on the day when he was transfigured on the mountain, and he revealed the mystery of his divinity to his holy disciples and confirmed them in the true faith when they saw his glory. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this feast, and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ our God, you showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush that was not consumed. In ancient times, you appeared to your people in a pillar of fire, in a cloud, in lightning, in a clap of thunder, and in the sound of a trumpet. Likewise, on this day, you chose to fulfill your plan of salvation for us. You went up to the top of the mountain with your disciples Peter, James, and John and were transfigured before them with the light of your divine glory as your clothes became dazzling white.
They saw Moses and Elijah and heard them talking with you. Then Peter said: “Lord, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” Then they heard the voice of your Father from heaven, saying to them: “This is my Son, the Beloved, with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
They fell to the ground and were overcome by fear, but you raised them up by your great power and enlightened them, ordering them not to reveal this great mystery until after your passion and resurrection in Jerusalem.
Now, O Christ our God, we implore you, with the fragrance of this incense, to fill your Church with the great light of your transfiguration. Confirm us in the true faith of your apostles. In your compassion forgive our sins, and in your mercy remember our departed. We raise glory and thanks to you, to your Father, and to your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

God, in His Great Majesty

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

God, in his great majesty,
was revealed in brilliant light,
he whom Moses once beheld
in the bush ablaze with fire.
Elijah and Moses stood and spoke with him;
lightning filled the sky.
Overcome by fear and awe,
Peter, James, and John bowed down;
a bright cloud appeared,
and the Father’s voice was heard:
“This is my beloved Son, whom I have sent.
He has come to save the world.”


We adore you, O Christ our Lord! When you were transfigured on the mountain, you called Moses and Elijah to witness to you, and you confirmed the faith of your disciples. Accept our prayers and the fragrance of our incense. Grant us joy and happiness with you in the light of your eternal kingdom, where we will continuously praise and glorify you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ. ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto. EtraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One. Have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ، إِرْحَمْنا

Holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we may praise you with purity and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory forever. Amen.

Psalm of the Readings

Syriac: ramremain

In the night on Mount Tabor
Jesus showed himself as Lord.
Like the sun shining brightly,
his face brightens all the world.
Shout with joy from the mountains:
“Jesus showed himself as Lord.”
Offer praise to the Lord God;
his face brightens all the world.
Lord, your face once was hidden;
now it shines throughout the world.
May our minds be enlightened
by your love and peace and light.


A reading from the Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. Your blessing, Father.

Glory to the Lord of Paul and the apostles! May the mercy of God descend upon the reader and the listeners and upon this parish and her children forever. Amen.

Brothers and Sisters:
Now if the ministry of death, chiseled in letters on stone tablets, came in glory so that the people of Israel could not gaze at Moses’ face because of the glory of his face, a glory now set aside, how much more will the ministry of the Spirit come in glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, much more does the ministry of justification abound in glory! Indeed, what once had glory has lost its glory because of the greater glory; for if what was set aside came through glory, much more has the permanent come in glory! Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
(2 Corinthians 3:7-17)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“Lord, it is good for us to be here.
Let us make three dwellings, one for you,
one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
(Mark 9:5)

Before the proclamation of the Gospel of our Savior, announcing life for our souls, we offer this incense and ask for your mercy, O Lord.

Peace be with you.

And with your spirit.

From the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark, who proclaimed life to the world.
Let us listen to the proclalation of life and salvation for our souls.

Remain silent, O listeners, for the Holy Gospel is about to be proclaimed to you.
Listen and give glory and thanks to the Word of the living God.

Jesus said to them wrote:
“Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” 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!”
(Mark 9:1-7)

This is the truth! Peace be with you!

Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, for giving us his words of life.