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The Great Feast Day at the Chapel of the Transfiguration

The transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ is commemorated on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, but The Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus is celebrated by various Christian communities on 06th of August every year according to the Christian calendar.

The Transfiguration displays the glory of the Lord.

The Transfiguration

Jesus, after he had been in Galilee about a year before his crucifixion, took with him, three of his disciples, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James and John, and led them to a mountain.

“Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up a mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep, but becoming fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.

“As they were about to part from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But he did not know what he was saying. While he was still speaking, a cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud. Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” After the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. They fell silent and did not at that time tell anyone what they had seen”. (Lk 9:28b-36)

This event on the Mountain was meant to strengthen the faith of these three disciples. They were about to witness the events that would lead their Lord and Master along a path, up Golgotha´s lonely hill, to be crucified, a fate reserved for common criminals.

The feast of the transfiguration is very special to the Thomian family as well, and indeed is a very important festival service for us as members of the Thomian Chapel Choir . Every year we practice extremely hard for the Choral Even Song and the Feast itself , and this year was no different. We try to offer our best to God and to Praise and Thank him and to lead the congregation of God’s people so that they could truly experience God’s presence in their midst.

Hail Gladning Light, The Magnificat in F Major (The Song of Mary),The Nuncdimitis ( Song of Simion) are some of the hymns that filled the chapel on that great feast day.

Although at times learning these pieces of music was difficult, through God’s grace and the support and guidance of our dedicated choirmaster Mr.Vinodh Senadeera we were able to give our best to god and his church.

What we learnt as one choir from all the practices and the services is that we must always offer our best to God and to have strong faith in him because even when we were struggling to learn the selected anthems God saw us through.

I really enjoyed and was blessed by the service and I am glad and proud to be a part of this wonderful Chapel choir. Just like our Chapel Hymn says:

‘’ Tis good Lord to be here

Thy glory fills the night’’

It was truly good to be in the presence of God glorifying his name in song.

To God be the glory great things he hath done!

S.J.Wijesinghe

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