Yesterday marked the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord where we recall Jesus’ transformation upon Mt Tabor.
We celebrated this day in our home by wearing white and setting the dinning table with a white cloth to recall how Jesus’ “face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.” ~Matthew 17:2
With tradition holding that the Pope presses a bunch of ripe grapes into the chalice at Mass or uses new wine on this feast, our family chose to breakfast on biscuits as white as light with grape jelly, severed with a new bottle of grape juice, given the grapes significant prominence on this day.
We then moved on to reading about the Transfiguration from Tomie DePaola’s Book of Bible Stories which in turned sparked a discussion of just where this event took place.
Although only referred to as a retired mountain, I shared with the children how “tradition assures us that this was Mount Thabor, which is exceedingly high and beautiful, and was anciently covered with green trees and shrubs, and was very fruitful. It rises something like a sugar-loaf, in a vast plain in the middle of Galilee.” ~ Catholic Culture
The children then tried out their artistic hands as they colored in these coloring sheets from Mary.
Afterwards, my daughter practiced her handwriting by filling in the free printable Transfiguration of the Lord Copywork I created and shared yesterday.
My son, not yet able to write at his young age, had the chance to practice his cutting skills!
Scripture states that upon the mountain, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,* then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” ~Matthew 17: 5
Remembering this, I created five simple clouds each filled with a portion of Matthew’s verse.
My son was able to cut each cloud out and then was tasked with arranging them in the correct order after listening to the verse one more time.
He then decided to adhere them to a sheet of construction paper along with his completed coloring sheet. He was very happy with the results!
Then, after enjoying a mid morning snack of raisins, (again recalling the grapes prominence on this day), due to the frightening thunderstorm outside, our home lost power. I couldn’t help but chuckle since it was at night, in total darkness, that Jesus, Peter, James and John all ascended up the mountain!