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Why is the Transfiguration of the Lord called a Saving Apple? – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 24, 2024 Time: 05:50:57

Cheerful, with aromas of apple, the August party was loved by the people. Temples consecrated in honor of the Transfiguration gave their names to villages, streets, squares and even a Moscow metro station. We also had the famous Preobrazhensky Life Guards Regiment, where Preobrazhensky, the elite of the guard, served.

And the party gave the name of the famous teacher from Heart of a Dog. It is no coincidence that Bulgakov endowed the hero with such a surname, and we will definitely deal with the idea of ​​u200bu200bthe classic, but first about the word itself and the essence of the event being held.

“Change, metamorphosis, transformation, transformation, rebirth” are all synonymous with transformation, but despite the apparent proximity of the words, transformation is something else entirely. To understand the difference, let’s go to the Gospel. As well as how the original source describes the Transfiguration event, noting in passing that the word is now already capitalized, an explanation later.

Thus, the matter takes place during the earthly life of Jesus, shortly before his last Easter. The Savior walks with his disciples in Palestine, preaching the Good News. One day Jesus, taking with him the apostles Peter, John, and James, went up Mount Tabor to pray. There, the weary disciples of Christ fell asleep, and when they awoke, they saw something unusual: Christ resplendent and two men standing nearby and talking to Him. The light emanating from Christ, and even from his garments, was of a special, supernatural, and to emphasize this, the Gospel uses the phrase “blaze of glory.” Subsequently, this radiance emanating from Christ and even from his clothing began to be called the Light of Tabor, in honor of Mount Tabor, where the Transfiguration of Jesus took place.

‘Transfiguration of the Lord’, Tiziano Vecellio 1560

But with whom did the Savior speak? The Gospel reports that these were the Old Testament prophets, that is, they lived long before Christ, the prophets Moses and Elijah. What did they talk about with Jesus? About his coming sufferings, his death on the Cross, Resurrection from the dead, about the expiatory sacrifice of the Son of God, freeing humanity from the slavery of sin and death. Seeing an unusual phenomenon, the impulsive Peter exclaims, turning to Christ: “Teacher, how good it is for us here! Let’s build three tents: one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah!”

“He himself did not know what he was saying”, observes the evangelist Luke: indeed, even the disciples of Christ, accustomed to miracles, were not ready to accept what was happening, it was beyond their experience, hence the understandable , but still naive desire to stop the moment, to stay there, where the Grace of God is, where a miracle is happening. Pedro had not yet finished, when a cloud appeared and covered everyone with a shadow. The disciples were frightened, but a voice came out of the cloud, saying: “This is my chosen Son, listen to him!” And when the voice ceased, it turned out that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this a secret and did not tell anyone at the time what they saw.

This is how the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ took place – a mysterious and mystical phenomenon. And if we now try to define the word itself, it will sound like this: “Transformation is a significant change in the image (let’s find, select the root “image” in the word!), The manifestation in the already known of a new quality. , still unknown to us”. We will be silent about the active force of the process for the moment, but note that in this case the word is capitalized because the event itself happened with God.

Thus, on August 19, the feast day of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the Church remembers how Christ revealed his divine essence to the three disciples for the first time: “And his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as the light”. .” Let’s focus on the fact that the glow came not only from the Body of Christ, but also from His clothing, not only from God, but also from matter. It is also important that, having seen the Transfiguration of Jesus, the disciples of Christ received a sign, a sign, that Jesus is the Son of God Icons and paintings dedicated to the Transfiguration convey exactly this moment: Jesus in a halo of radiance, which is called the “light of Tabor”, since it was believes that the Transfiguration took place on Mount Tabor.To the left and right of Christ are the prophets Elijah and Moses, at the bottom are the apostles.

“Transfiguration of the Lord”, Circle of Theophanes the Greek, around 1403

Historians believe that the event of the Transfiguration of the Lord itself, described in the Gospel, did not take place in August, but in February or March according to our calendar. But the Church in Armenia and Cappadocia (today the territory of Turkey) established the celebration of the Transfiguration precisely in August for educational, pedagogical reasons: the August celebration in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord and God of our Jesus Christ was to replace the festival existing dedicated to the goddess of love and fertility. And the party took root. In Greece it supplanted the pagan festivals in honor of Bacchus, also coinciding with the ripening of the grape harvest. In Russia, which borrowed the holiday from Greece, the grapes were replaced by more familiar apples. Hence the popular name of the party in honor of the Savior: Apple Spas. Thus, the evangelical event of the Transfiguration of Jesus turned out to be combined with a prayer of thanksgiving, which was read in honor of the fact that God gives us the “fruits of the earth.” It seems to be an accidental combination of two events: the Transfiguration of the Son of God before his disciples, revealing to them Who He is, and thanksgiving to the Lord for the harvest. But what deep meaning lies in such a unity!

Ivan Shmelev – “Summer of the Lord” “The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Golden-blue morning, in the cold. In the church, do not crowd … In the hot stale air it smells special now – fresh apples. They are everywhere. Unusually, funny – as if the guests and the church are not a church at all. And it all seems that they only think about apples to me, and the Lord is here with everyone, and he also thinks about apples: they brought them to him , look, Lord, what a guy! , children! “And they will eat completely different, not purchased, but church apples, saints. This is Transfiguration.”

The purity of the children’s perception helps us to grasp the core of the phenomenon of the Transfiguration. That is, the Transfiguration is not just a holiday in memory of an event that happened once in history, it is something that can happen and is happening not only to each of us, but also to the entire material world, including apples. . Because all matter is called to be deified. That is, you can become attached to the divine life!

Therefore, transformation is not just change. “In His Transfiguration, the Savior revealed God’s plan for matter. The divine purpose of matter is to be the abode of the Kingdom of God. The essential sign of the Kingdom of God is this: matter radiates with Divine light, and not only the matter that constitutes the Body of the God-Man Christ, but also that which surrounds His body – the garments.- Through the Transfiguration, the Lord showed that the body was also created to be the dwelling place and conductor of eternal light and uncreated from God. God By this, the Lord showed that the human body was created for this purpose, so that God would live in it, shine and radiate from it “( Rev. Justin Serbian).

“We bring to the church the fruits of the earth, which were sour and green,” writes Bishop Methodius (Kulman), “but under the influence of the sun’s rays they have changed, ripened. So the soul of a person, climb a mountain where the Sun of Truth shines, begins under the influence of blessed rays to grow spiritually, change, transform, mature for the life of the next century.These are not words, but the reality that seers see.For us, climbing Mount Tabor is our walk after Christ and cleansing from sin.”

These quotes may seem like an abstraction, but if we remember how the eyes of the saints radiate love and light – in the icons, in the photographs, if we remember the expression “he is resplendent with joy”, we will understand that the Transfiguration of the Lord is the discovery of the mystery of the nature of the Son of God, secrets in which we can get involved. And the secrets of God’s plan for matter.

Archimandrite Seraph (Tyapochkin).

And what about Bulgakov’s teacher? Why did Mikhail Afanasyevich make him Preobrazhensky? First of all, this is the so-called seminary surname, it was given to future clergymen in seminaries or already in theological academies, and here is an indication of the origin of the professor. And secondly, of all the multitude of church surnames, of all these Pokrovsky, Bogoslovsky, Annunciation, not everything can be listed – there are really a lot of them! -For some reason, Bulgakov chose a surname for the hero from him, related specifically to the phenomenon of transfiguration. Because?

Judge for yourself. Clever, the medicine genius started what seems to be quite doable: the transformation of a dog into a man. The end is known. There is only one conclusion: the transformation without the Creator, without the Grace of God is impossible and meaningless.

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