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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Feast of the Transfiguration

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration!

We'll manage a little bit of a celebration, I think. Made an icon for our family altar last night (using the image to the right). Found a nice devotion with bible readings, discussion questions and activities. We'll read that during our morning devotion time and make the triptych project this afternoon.

I read this: ". . .the Pope presses a bunch of ripe grapes into the chalice at Mass or uses new wine. Also in Rome raisins are blessed on the Feast of the Transfiguration, and the Greek and Russian Churches too conduct a special ceremony for blessing grapes and other fruits," from an EWTN link (scroll down to Aug. 6 for more information and some recipes). Why fruit? Here's an explanation from an Orthodox friend, Deb.

So, I zipped out to the grocery store this morning and grabbed a nice Beaujolais ("new" wine) for this evening. We are also planning to make fig ice cream - not exactly grapes, but we have a fig tree overladden with fruit and, well, figs are at least IN the Bible.

Want to read more? A reading from a homily by St. Leo the Great. Biblical background and history of the Feast Day along with readings.

How are you celebrating the feast today?

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DebD said...

Joyous Feast Day to you too! We celebrated by going to Liturgy today and Father blessed everyone's baskets/bowls/containers of grapes, tomatoes, peaches, etc. etc. It was a joyous day.

Amy said...

So wonderful to hear how you celebrated. We've been traveling so much, we haven't been following the church calendar together. I can't wait till we get back on track next week. Thanks for the encouragement to get back to it!