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          The upper part of The Transfiguration (1520) by Raphael, depicting Christ miraculously discoursing with Moses and Elijah.

Imagine what it was like for Peter, John and James to be present for The Transfiguration of Christ.  To witness this event and receive affirmation that Jesus is the Messiah, The Christ, The Son of God.  To see him with Moses, Israel's great law-giver, and Elijah, the first great prophet.  In The Message, I like how it says, "As they found themselves buried in the cloud, they became deeply aware of God".  Even before God spoke out of the cloud, "This is my Son, the Chosen!  Listen to him".  

O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening:  Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty;  who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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