The Church's Year
The Introit of this day's
Mass, which begins with the word Reminiscere, from which this Sunday
derives its name, is the prayer of a soul begging God's assistance,
that she may sin no more:
INTROIT Remember, O Lord, Thy
compassions and Thy mercies, which are from the beginning, lest at
any time our enemies rule over us: deliver us O God of Israel, from
all our tribulations. To Thee O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in
Thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. (Ps. XXIV.)
Glory be to the Father, etc.
God, who seest us to be destitute of strength, keep us both inwardly
and outwardly; that we may be defended in the body from all
adversities, and cleansed in our mind from all evil thoughts.
Through our Lord, etc.
EPISTLE (I Thess. IV. 1-7.) Brethren,
we pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received
of us, how you ought to walk, and to please God, so also you would
walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I
have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God,
your sanctification; that you should abstain from fornication; that
every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in
sanctification and honor; not in the passion of lust, like the
Gentiles that know not God: and that no man over-reach nor
circumvent his brother in business; because the Lord is the avenger
of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified.
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto
sanctification; in Christ Jesus our Lord.
EXPLANATION From these words we see,
that the great Teacher of Nations as carefully showed the Christian
congregations the sanctity of their calling, as he labored to lead
them from the blindness and abominations of heathenism.
ASPIRATION Grant, O God, that I may
live an honest, chaste and holy life in accordance with my vocation,
and go not after earthly and carnal pleasures, as the heathens who
know Thee not.
GOSPEL (Matt. XVII. 1-9.) At that time,
Jesus took Peter, and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them
up into a high mountain apart: and he was transfigured before them.
And his face did shine as the sun, and his garments became white as
snow. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking
with him. Then Peter answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for
us to be here; if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one
for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet
speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them, and lo, a voice
out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased; hear ye him. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their
face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them,
and said to them: Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their
eyes, saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the
mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man:
till the Son of Man be risen from the dead.
Why was Christ transfigured in the presence of His
apostles on Mount Thabor?
To permit them to
see the glorious majesty of His divinity; to guard them from doubts
when they should afterwards see Him die on Mount Calvary; to
encourage the disciples and all the faithful to be patient in all
crosses and afflictions, for the bodies of the just at the
resurrection will be made like the glorified body of Christ. (Phil.
Why did Moses and Elias appear
That they might
testify, that Jesus was really the Saviour announced by the law and
the prophets, and that the law and the prophets received fulfillment
in Him. The former was represented by Moses, the latter by
Why, did Peter wish to build three tabernacles
sweetness of the apparition in which Jesus made him participator so
enraptured him, that he knew not what he said, not considering that
glory can be attained only through sufferings, the crown through
fight, joy through crosses and afflictions.
ASPIRATION Draw us, O Jesus, to
Thee, that by the contemplation of the sacred joys awaiting us, we,
by Thy grace, may not be defeated in the spiritual contest, but
conquer through Thy grace and carry off the unfading crown of