February 15 is Transfiguration Sunday, the final Sunday of the Season after Epiphany.  This Sunday highlights the transfiguration of Jesus, an event described in Mark 9.2-10, as well as in the parallel passages in Matthew and Luke.  The transfiguration was one of the most extraordinary events in the life of Jesus, but it served to show the disciples Peter, James, and John beyond any doubt that Jesus was the Son of God.  The voice of God speaking from the cloud reminds us of Jesus’ baptism, at which God also spoke from heaven, identifying Jesus as his Son.  Both Jesus’ baptism and his transfiguration were “epiphanies”, that is, events in which Jesus’ divinity was manifested, or revealed (the word “epiphany” comes from the Greek word for “manifestation”).

The symbolic color for Transfiguration Sunday is white, signifying joy and celebration.  Sunday February 22 will be the first Sunday in Lent.