Glory in the cloud, and from His face.

You were transfigured upon Mt. Tabor, O Jesus,
And a shining cloud, spread out like a tent,
Covered the apostles with Your glory.
Whereupon their gaze fell to the ground,
For they could not bear to look upon the brightness
Of the unapproachable glory of Your face,
O Savior Christ,
our God Who are without beginning.
You Who have shone upon them with Your Light,
Give light now to our souls.

 

7 thoughts on “Glory in the cloud, and from His face.

  1. Before coming being introduced to icons (9 yrs ago) I did not fully appreciate this important day in the church year. But thinking lately about language has helped.* Still, “reading” this icon is more powerful than reading Greek words or attempts at translation.

    Thank you for putting this up for us.
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    * The earliest Greek version , which i learned to read when we lived there for a time, sounds more familiar than Transfiguration, as if this amazing event were almost  another part of a spiritual “evolution” that may occur in us some day:  “He was transformed” is an accurate version in English of “μεταμορφώθηκε”  (metamorpho-thikeh), in which I recognized our word metamorphosis. (But you probably made this connection before, in church or in your conversations. Sorry to carry on so.😊)

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    1. P.S. Yesterday I read an excerpt from an early (6th C., I think) homily on the importance of the day. It was posted at another site. There was such a mixture of poetry ( vivid imagery, repetition of sounds and phrases, strong emotion), prayer, and instruction that I looked up, and decided to purchase, a recent book that contains many such early homilies, including the full version of that one.

      It’s title is Light on the Mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord, – by Brian E. Daley S.J. (Author), John Behr (Editor), August 5, 2013. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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    2. I don’t remember hearing about the word in Greek, so I thank you for your carrying on! I always appreciate it when you share (short or longer versions of) your response to things I post. I have been learning to notice more about the Feast and the icon, too, v e r y gradually, it seems, over the years. That phrase in the troparion: “…revealing your glory to Your disciples as much as they were able to bear” always strikes a chord with me 🙂 The icon is wonderful, I agree!

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