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August 2014

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Feast of the Transfiguration (C)

While in the Galilee, Jesus climbed “a high mountain” and was transfigured. Jesus
became radiant, spoke with Moses and Elijah, who appeared at his side, and was proclaimed God’s son: “This is my beloved son - hear him”. The church is dramatically located on the summit, over the remains of its predecessors, the Byzantine and crusader churches.  

 

Highlights of the festivity
Mount Tabor in the Galilee - A festive mass is celebrated in the morning in the magnificent Catholic Church of the Transfiguration.

 

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Ceaseria Philipi - an ancient Roman city located at the southwestern base of Mount Hermon (”Now when Jesus came to the district of Ceaseria Philipi…” Matthew 16:13)
  • Mount Hermon - another 4th cen. Tradition suggested the monumental Hermon Mount as the place of the transfiguration.

 

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Feast of the Assumption (C)

The Virgin Mary’s Dormition and Assumption - the belief that Mary, Mother of Jesus, “fell asleep” and was assumed to heaven is associated with Mary’s theological status as the Mother of God.

Highlights of the festivity
Jerusalem, Church of the Dormition on Mount Zion and the Church of the Tomb of the Virgin Mary in Gethsemane.


 

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Feast of the Transfiguration (O)

 

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain…and he was transfigured before them…” (Mark 9:2)

 

Related sites worth visiting:
See August 6

Highlights of the feast
Mount Tabor - The Greek Orthodox Church is located on the mountain top. The unique experience associated with this feast is the all -night vigil on Mount Tabor.

Arab Christians camp in the woods surrounding the church and spend the night there, while the Divine Liturgy is celebrated throughout the night in and outside the church. On the 19th, the feast is celebrated in a Divine Liturgy held in the church. In honor of the occasion, some pilgrims choose to ascend the mountain on foot

 

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Feast of the Transfiguration (O)

 

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain…and he was transfigured before them…” (Mark 9:2)

 

Related sites worth visiting:
See August 6

Highlights of the feast
Mount Tabor - The Greek Orthodox Church is located on the mountain top. The unique experience associated with this feast is the all -night vigil on Mount Tabor.

Arab Christians camp in the woods surrounding the church and spend the night there, while the Divine Liturgy is celebrated throughout the night in and outside the church. On the 19th, the feast is celebrated in a Divine Liturgy held in the church. In honor of the occasion, some pilgrims choose to ascend the mountain on foot

 

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Towards the Dormition - Procession of the Icon (O)

This event marks the beginning of the long feast of the Virgin Mary’s Dormition. On this day, the icon of the Virgin Mary is carried in a procession to her tomb. Prayers and rites will be held in the Church of the Tomb of Mary, throughout the remainder of the week.

Highlights of the feast
Jerusalem - From the nearby Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Church of the Tomb of Mary in Gethsemane - The nocturnal procession departs from “Metochion of Gethsemane” located opposite the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It passes through the market and along the Via Dolorosa, and exits the city to reach the church of the Tomb of Mary in Gethsemane at dawn.


Related sites worth visiting:
Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Mount of Olives.

 

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