Feast Of The
TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS CHRIST
The Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the first principal feasts of the Armenian Church, so named because of Christ’s luminous appearence. In Armenian, it is also known as Vartavar (the Festival of Roses) after the old pagan feast it replaced.
The feast marks Christ’s appearance with a resplendent countenance to the three of His disciples, Peter, John, and James, on the holy mountain of Galilee, also known as Mount Tabor.
He [Jesus] wen up Tabor Mountain with three of His disciples – Simon Peter, James, and John Zebedee – to pray as the other tired disciples remained at the bottom of the mountain. It was there that Jesus began to assume a new appearance. The three disciples were amazed when they saw His new radiant being.
Though it was nighttime, the disciples saw light coming from the sun in the sky. Among the light they saw two other men – said to be Moses and Elijah – speaking to Jesus about His remaining time left on earth and the sacrifice He would soon make.
Then a cloud came upon the group. The voice of God was hear, saying the same phrase he said when Jesus was baptized, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to Him!” (Luke 9:35).