Blessing of Fruit for Transfiguration
August 6th commemorates the Transfiguration of Christ, when Jesus revealed His glory to His disciples on Mount Tabor (see Mt. 17:1-8; Mk. 9:2-8; Lk. 9:28-36). This is a great feast not only because of its revelation of Christ's divinity, but because it reveals human nature as it was meant to be transformed by sharing in God's glory. On this day we bless fruit, the "first fruits" of the earth serving as a sign of all creation being renewed and tranfigured by God's grace.
Several parishioners brought fruit, which was blessed at the end of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday and shared as part of the meal following.