A Couple Transfiguration Resources

*I know the feast of the Transfiguration isn’t until August, I was just reminded of it because we read about it in the Gospel Reading today. Keep these in mind come the feast proper*

The Transfiguration is one of the most theologically rich stories in the Gospels.  I would point people in the direction of a few resources, two of which are by highly respected Anglican theologians.

The 100th Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey was an ecumenist extraordinaire and he was deeply involved in talks between the Eastern Churches and Anglicanism.  His theological study of the Transfiguration has recently undergone a re-print by Wipf & Stock publishers.

The current Archbishop of Canterbury also has a little book about praying with Icons of Christ.  It pays special attention to icons of the Transfiguration.

I leave you with Sufjan Steven’s profound neo-folk interpretation of the Transfiguration.

When he took the three disciples
to the mountainside to pray,
his countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame.
Two men appeared: Moses and Elijah came;
they were at his side.
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die.

Then there came a word
of what he should accomplish on the day.
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place.
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade.
They fell on the ground.
A voice arrived, the voice of God,
the face of God, covered in a cloud.

What he said to them,
the voice of God: the most beloved son.
Consider what he says to you, consider what’s to come.
The prophecy was put to death,
was put to death, and so will the Son.
And keep your word, disguise the vision ’till the time has come.

Lost in the cloud, a voice. Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign. Son of man! Turn your ear.
Lost in the cloud, a voice. Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign. Son of man! Son of God!

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2 Comments

  1. That is a fantastic diptych is it not?

    And I’m sorry, I’ve already booked Sufjan to be my cantor and music director. He’s busy writing a Mass.

    Reply

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