Orthodox Church marks Transfiguration of Jesus
On August 19 the Orthodox Church marks the day of Transfiguration of Jesus. The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported by the Synoptic Gospels in which Jesus was transfigured upon a mountain. The Gospels state that Jesus led three of his apostles - Peter, John the Apostle, and James the Great to pray at the top of a mountain.
Once at the top, Jesus became transfigured, his face shining like the sun, and his clothes a brilliant white. They claim that Elijah and Moses suddenly appeared with Jesus and talked with him; Luke states that it was about Jesus` future death. Once they had spoken with each other, the Gospels state that a bright cloud appeared overhead, and a voice from Heaven proclaimed, ‘This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased,’ paralleling a similar event during the Baptism of Jesus.
It is one of the twelve Great Feasts in the liturgical year of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Traditionally, fruit is brought to church to be blessed on this day.