Updated: Around the World, Orthodox Christians Celebrate the Transfiguration

Around the world, Orthodox Christians celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ today, a commemoration of Jesus Christ’s appearance to His disciples as a radiant figure on Mount Tabor. It is the only appearance recorded in the Gospels of Jesus Christ appearing in a form other than solely His humanity.

The feast of the Transfiguration was originally celebrated during Great Lent, but due to the penitent nature of the Lenten fast, was moved many centuries ago so as not to confuse the faithful. In many parishes, grapes are not eaten until the feast of the Transfiguration, where the first-fruits are blessed. As the feast falls during the fast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, fish, wine and oil are allowed in honor of the feast in typical Eastern Orthodox fasting usage.

The fixed Orthodox festal calendar, based upon the Julian reckoning, falls 13 days behind the Western calendar due to 16th century calendar reforms in Western countries, meaning that although the feast day is August 6th, the feast falls on the 19th.

Moscow: Blessing of Fruits at Central Parish of the TOC under Metropolitan Raphael. Click the image above for more pictures from their official site. We will update this site with more pictures from other Synods as we find them.