Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Eastern Christianity Date in the current year: August 19, 2016

Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus in Eastern Christianity Eastern churches that use the Julian calendar celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus on August 16. It is one of the so-called Twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The Transfiguration of Jesus is one of the miracles of Jesus described in the Canonical gospels. According to the New Testament, Jesus and three of his apostles went to a mountain, where Jesus was transfigured and began to shine with bright light. Then he spoke with the prophets Moses and Elijah, who appeared next to him. Then a voice in the sky called Jesus “Son”.

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Transfiguration falls during the two-week fast preceding the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The fast is relaxed in recognition of the feast, and it is allowed to consume oil, fish and wine. The Transfiguration is celebrated with an All-night vigil that begins on the eve of the feast.

In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus the Transfiguration is associated with harvesting of apples. There is a tradition of blessing apples, grapes or other fruit available in the area on this day. Many people eat apples, apple pies, and other dishes made of or containing apples, even if they do not celebrate religious feasts.

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