Third Day of Transfiguration
I Kings 19:11-16
 On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.
 Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God; and they took their stand at the foot of the mountain.
 And Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain quaked greatly.
 And as the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him in thunder.
 And the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.
I Kings 19:11-16
 And he said, “Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
 And when Eli’jah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Eli’jah?”
 He said, “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the people of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thy altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”
 And the LORD said to him, “Go, return on your way to the wilderness of Damascus; and when you arrive, you shall anoint Haz’ael to be king over Syria;
 and Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel; and Eli’sha the son of Shaphat of A’bel-meho’lah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.
 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire, and darkness, and gloom, and a tempest,
 and the sound of a trumpet, and a voice whose words made the hearers entreat that no further messages be spoken to them.
 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.”
 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.”
 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
 and to the assembly of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to a judge who is God of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks more graciously than the blood of Abel.
 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven.
 His voice then shook the earth; but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heaven.”
 This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what is shaken, as of what has been made, in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.
 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
 And as he was praying, the appearance of his countenance was altered, and his raiment became dazzling white.
 And behold, two men talked with him, Moses and Eli’jah,
 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was to accomplish at Jerusalem.
 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, and when they wakened they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is well that we are here; let us make three booths, one for you and one for Moses and one for Eli’jah” — not knowing what he said.
 As he said this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud.
 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”
 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silence and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.
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