The Last Sunday after Epiphany
February 23 2020
10:00 am Holy Eucharist / Rite II
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Artwork: 'Transfiguration', Duccio di Buoninsegna (1255-1319), National Gallery of Art, Wash., DC. Source.
Artwork: 'The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple'. Source.
Artwork: ‘Baptism of Christ’, 15th c. Armenian. Walters Art Museum. Baltimore, MD. Source.
Each week we look closely at one of Sunday's hymns, and this week we are looking at the hymn, 'When Morning Gilds the Skies'. It is an anonymous German hymn. This litany of praise to Christ was translated by Edward Caswell in 1854. It is often classified as a morning hymn simply because of the opening phrase "when morning gilds the skies"; however, later in the first stanza the text reads: "when evening shadows fall, this rings my curfew call". It is more properly a hymn of praise for any time of day and in every situation. As Psalm 34:1 reads: " I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth" (NASV).
Sing, suns and stars of space,
sing, ye that see his face,
sing, Jesus Christ be praised!
God's whole creation o'er,
both now and evermore
shall Jesus Christ be praised!