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.


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

  1. Before 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.
    . . . .

    * 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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      1. Someone recently viewed this post, which is what brought me back here, and makes me wonder if you’ve delved into that book of homilies, and what you think about it?


    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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