One of the places you’ll get to visit in Israel is Mount Tabor. Taxis take pilgrims every few minutes up to the Franciscan Church of the Transfiguration. Walking past the gates of the church grounds brings you to a tranquil path lined with petunias and other pots of flowering blooms. Inside, at the altar, there is a spot covered with glass, said to be the very spot Jesus Christ was transfigured.
Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light, the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called “Son” by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus.
The Transfiguration of our Lord is the fourth decade of the Luminous Mysteries — Matthew 17: 1-8
1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
2 There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light.
3 And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him.
4 Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’
5 He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.’
6 When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear.
7 But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, ‘Stand up, do not be afraid.’
8 And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus.
Mount Tabor is just one of the many memorable places you will get to visit on the Classical Gems of Jordan, Israel and Egypt.