Today was all about Miracles of Christ..conception, transfiguration, and his first public miracle of turning water into wine. I have heard these stories all my life, but to see and feel them adds a whole new layer to the meaning.
Mount TaborIn the Old Testament, Mount Tabor is described as a sacred mountain and a place for worship. Many battles have been fought at the foot of Mt Tabor….and it is believed the battle of Armageddon (book of Revelations), will take place here as well
Basilica of the Transfiguration Built in 1924 on top of 12th century church ruins, it has three aisles, six bays, three apses and encloses the sacred rock that was believed to be the very site of the Transfiguration.
Domed Apse - mosaic of the TransfigurationAbout a week after Jesus told His disciples that he would suffer, be killed, and be raised to life, He took Peter, James and John up onto the mountain to pray (Mt Tabor). While praying, His personal appearance was changed into a glorified form, and His clothing became dazzling white. Moses and Elijah appeared and talked with Jesus about His death that would soon take place. A cloud overshadowed them all, and a voice from the cloud spoke saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”
Grotto alterPeacocks were a symbol of eternal life and resurrection in Christianity
GrottoConvex ceiling of beautiful mosaics which show different phases of Jesus (infancy, suffering, death & resurrection)
Mass in the GrottoCelebrating mass in the lower level chapel of the Church of the Transfiguration
South Chapel - ElijahSouthern Chapel – dedicated to Elijah (confrontation with false prophet Baal on Mt Carmel)
North Chapel - MosesNorthern Chapel – dedicated to Moses (holding the Tablets of the Law, behind is Mt Sinai and on the sides is a burning bush and a rock with water flowing from it)
Cana - Wedding ChurchCana in Galilee is celebrated as the scene of Jesus’ first miracle - changing of water into wine
Wedding Church - alterJesus and his first disciples turned up at a wedding feast, possibly that of a close relative of his mother Mary. The wine ran out — perhaps because those additional guests had not been catered for — and Mary turned to her Son to overcome the embarrassment. At the wedding, Jesus’ mother told Him that there was no wine. He asked the servants to fill six large jars with water and take them to the steward. The steward saw that the water had been turned into wine, and brought it to the bridegroom and the guests to enjoy.
Nazareth - Basilica of the AnnunciationBuilt in 1969, it became the largest Christian church in the Middle East. It contains two churches, the upper one being the parish church for Nazareth’s Catholic community
Statue of MaryIt is believed, the archangel Gabriel appeared and told the young Mary, aged about 14, that she would become the mother of the Son of God. And here Mary uttered her consent: “Let it be done to me according to your word.”
Church CupolaThe cupola is surmounted by a lantern symbolizing the Light of the World.