SERMON: Transfiguration by John Mason Neale

August 6, 2017

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty when we were with him in the holy mount. (2 Peter 1:16, 18) Such an evening as this should teach us something of the glorious sight we keep in mind this day. When we were looking at those long lines of dark-brown gold that lay so quietly in the west, and at the intense brightness beneath them, where the sun had gone down, we might have remembered him who was as at this time transfigured before his disciples; when his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And we might have looked on to that day when, if by God’s grace we are counted worthy to [...]

POETRY: Death & Transfiguration by Paul Mariani

April 7, 2017

Down the precipitous switchbacks at eighty the pokerfaced Palestinian cabby aims his Mercedes while the three of us, ersatz pilgrims, blank-eyed, lurch, and the droll Franciscan goes on about the Art Deco Church of the Transfiguration crowning the summit of the Mount. Up there I’d touched the damp stones of the old Crusader fount, paced the thick walls, imagined Muslims circling below on horseback, muleback, then ascending for the final blow. A decent pasta and a dry wine, thanks to the Fratelli who run the hostel at the site, followed by an even drier lecture in the sun- drenched court, then back down to the glinting taxis, ready to return us now to the same old, feverish, unsteady world half a mile below.  I thought of the old [...]

SERMON: On The Feast Of The Transfiguration by William Porcher Dubose

August 11, 2013

Sermon preached in the University Chapel, Sewanee, 1911 I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. —1 Corinthians 2:2 On this one occasion of my life, in this place, and upon this spot, I may presume to be somewhat personal.  When the suggestion was made to me of this week, naturally the meaning and the possibly useful purpose of it came very powerfully over me, and long and very serious thought arose – of myself, of Sewanee and my forty years here, of the church that placed us here, of the time, and the times, past and future.  What have we done?  What are we?  What are we going to do and to be?  In fact, the very first hint, some years ago, of such an occasion as this came to me coupled [...]

SATURDAY READING: The Transfiguration by Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI

August 10, 2013

From Jesus of Nazareth All three Synoptic Gospels create a link between Peter’s confession and the account of Jesus’s transfiguration by means of a reference to time.  Matthew and Mark say: “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother.” (Matthew 17:1; Mark 9:2)  Luke writes: “Now about eight days after these sayings.” (Luke 9:28)  Clearly, this means that the two events, in each of which Peter plays a prominent role, are interrelated.  We could say that in both cases the issue is the divinity of Jesus as the son; another point, though, is that in both cases the appearance of his glory is connected with the passion motif.  Jesus’s divinity belongs with the cross – only when we put the [...]

POETRY: Jesus And The Carrion Path by Franz Werfel

August 9, 2013

And when we’d put the dead dog behind— Upon its teeth the Lord had lectured lightly—, He spurred us from this ocean-sound up The mountain. Gasping, we crawled after. And once he’d reached the peak And we’d come up some steps in back, He pointed out the paths at our feet That shot in a storm to the plain below. We each thought one of them especially soft. Didn’t it fly down the fastest? So when Jesus turned around to ask us, We all shouted, “Take that!” He only nodded. Then off he went. We shivered with joy to be alive, To be touched by air melting green into green, In eddies of olive and almond. Suddenly crumbling walls loomed in our path. In the middle, a dark tower. The Savior pushed open the gate. He waited while we [...]

TRANSFIGURATION: The Body Transfigured, or Metamorphosis by Thomas Moore

August 8, 2013

From Writing In The Sand: Jesus & The Soul Of The Gospels Six days later, Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John with him and led them off up a tall mountain. He metamorphosed before them. His face glowed like the sun, and his garments turned as white as light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them, speaking to him. Peter responded by saying to Jesus, “If you would like, I will build three little houses for you, Moses, and Elijah.” While he was speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them and a voice from the mist said, “This is my much- loved and gratifying son. Listen to him.” When the students heard this, they fell face down and were petrified. Then Jesus came and touched them and said, “Stand up. Don’t be [...]

POETRY: The Transfiguration by Edwin Muir

August 7, 2013

So from the ground we felt that virtue branch Through all our veins till we were whole, our wrists As fresh and pure as water from a well, Our hands made new to handle holy things, The source of all our seeing rinsed and cleansed Till earth and light and water entering there Gave back to us the clear unfallen world. We would have thrown our clothes away for lightness, But that even they, though sour and travel stained, Seemed, like our flesh, made of immortal substance, And the soiled flax and wool lay light upon us Like friendly wonders, flower and flock entwined As in a morning field. Was it a vision? Or did we see that day the unseeable One glory of the everlasting world Perpetually at work, though never seen Since Eden locked the gate [...]

SERMON: The Transfiguration of the Lord by Karl Rahner

August 6, 2013

The life of Jesus should be an example and a warning to us.  But to understand what the mysteries of Christ’s life want to say to us, we must know what they mean for Jesus himself.  And so we inquire what place the transfiguration assumes in the life of the savior. To understand this we need to consider that Jesus also had a human heart susceptible to joy and sorrow, pain and consolation; a heart that in a completely sinless, holy manner, but still really, experienced the changes wrought by all these storms of the soul as we do.  The son of God assumed indeed a true human nature with body and soul; he became like to us in all things except sin.  And so he could also be like us in that there was a place in his soul for the stirring of [...]

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Second Station — Jesus Bears His Cross, by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

February 16, 2013

From The Journey to Peace Finally, when they had finished making a fool of him, they stripped him of the cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him off to crucifixion. (Matthew 27:32) Suffering and the Cross are at the Heart of Christianity Suffering and the cross are at the very heart of the Christian faith.  In his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 1:22-25), Saint Paul tells us about the paradox of the cross.  Suffering and death are signs of human weakness, defeat.  It is for many an obstacle, a scandal, a stumbling block.  But Jesus turned suffering and death into victory. If we are to share in that victory, we, too, must be willing to take up our cross and follow him.  There are, of course, many costs, and risks [...]

PRAYER: Novena to Our Lord of Transfiguration (long)

August 6, 2012

Author unknown Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament O Saving Victim opening wide The gate of Heaven to all below. Our foes press on from every side; Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow. To Thy great name be endless praise;  Immortal Godhead, One in Three; Grant us endless length of days, In our true native land with Thee.   Amen. Invocation of the Holy Spirit Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.  And you shall renew the face of the Earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our [...]

PRAYER: Novena To Our Lord Of Transfiguration (short)

August 6, 2012

Author unknown God you have scattered the darkness with your light and have poured your light into my heart so that I might look upon the radiant face of Jesus Christ.   Nourish in me the desire to contemplate your beloved son. O God, according to your plan, you have called me to holiness by your grace that you have revealed in Jesus Christ.  Your Gospel shows me the way so that I can share in your mission of glorious splendor of unending life. Loving Father, you have so loved me that I have been called to be a son of God.  When Christ comes, grant that I may be like him. O Christ, before your passion and death you revealed the resurrection to your disciple on Mount Tabor.  I pray for your church that labors amid the cares and [...]