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Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6)   Leave a comment


Above:  Interior, Church of the Transfiguration, Mt. Hermon, Palestine, Between 1920 and 1933

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-02790


O Wondrous Type!  O Vision Fair:

Not Always On the Mountain We:

When Mother Love Makes All Things Bright:

‘Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here:


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‘Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here   5 comments


Above:  Mt. Hermon, Scene of the Transfiguration

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-matpc-22609

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Words (1888) by J. (Joseph) Armitage Robinson (1858-1933)


1.  ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here,

Thy glory fills the night;

Thy face and garments, like the sun,

Shine with unborrowed light.

2.  ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here,

Thy beauty to behold

Where Moses and Elijah stand,

Thy messengers of old.

3.  Fulfiller of the past,

Promise of things to be,

We hail Thy body glorified

And our redemption see.

4.  Before we taste of death,

We see Thy kingdom come;

We fain would hold the vision bright

And make this hill our home.

5.  ‘Tis good, Lord, to be here.

Yet we may not remain;

But since Thou bidst us leave the mount,

Come with us to the plain.

When Mother Love Makes All Things Bright   3 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds

Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Andrea Mantegna

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1895) by Tudor Jenks (1857-1922)


1.  When  mother love makes all things bright,

When joy comes with the morning light;

When children gather round their tree,

Thou, Christmas Babe, we sing of thee.

2.  When manhood’s brows are bent in thought

To learn what men of old have taught,

When eager hands seek wisdom’s key,

Wise Temple Child, we learn of thee!

3.  When doubts assail, and perils fright,

When, groping blindly in the night,

We strive to read life’s mystery,

Man of the Mount, we turn to thee!

4.  When shadows of the valley fall,

When sin and death the soul appall,

One light we through the darkness see–

Christ on the Cross, we cry to thee!

5.  And when the world shall pass away,

And dawns at length the perfect day,

In glory shall our souls made free,

Thou God enthroned, then worship thee.

Not Always On the Mount We   4 comments

Not Always On the Mount May We

Above:  The Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Words by Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)

Hymn Source = The Methodist Hymnal (1905)

A Hymn for the Feast of the Transfiguration


1.  Not always on the mount may we

Rapt in the heavenly vision be;

The shores of thought and feeling know

The Spirit’s tidal ebb and flow.

2.  Lord, it is good abiding here

We cry, the heavenly presence near;

The vision vanishes, our eyes

Are lifted into vacant skies!

3.  Yet hath one such exalted hour,

Upon the soul redeeming power,

And in its strength through after days

We travel our appointed ways;

4.  Till all the lowly vale grows bright,

Transfigured in remembered light,

And in untiring souls we bear

The freshness of the upper air.

5.  The mount for vision,–but below

The paths of daily duty go,

And nobler life therein shall own

The pattern on the mountain shown.

Last Sunday After Epiphany   Leave a comment

Above:  Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, March 6, 2011

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta



Prayer of Praise and Adoration:

Prayer of Confession:

Prayer of Dedication:

O Wondrous Type!  O Vision Fair:

Not Always On the Mountain We:

When Mother Love Makes All Things Bright:

‘Tis Good, Lord, To Be Here:


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O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair   11 comments

Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, Israel

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916, (1918) of The Episcopal Church

The original Latin words date to the 1400s.  John Mason Neale (1818-1866) translated the text into English.


1.  O wondrous type!  O vision fair

Of glory that the Church may share,

Which Christ upon the mountain shows,

Where brighter than the sun he glows!

2.  With Moses and Elijah nigh

The incarnate Lord holds converse high;

And from the cloud, the Holy One

Bears record to the Only Son.

3.  With shining face and bright array,

Christ deigns to manifest to-day

What glory shall be theirs above

Who joy in God with perfect love.

4.  And faithful hearts are raised on high

By this great vision’s mystery;

For which in joyful strains we raise

The voice of prayer, the hymn of praise.

5.  O Father, with the eternal Son,

And Holy Spirit, ever One,

Vouchsafe to bring us by thy grace

To see thy glory face to face.