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Posted on 08/06/2005 6:03:41 PM PDT by Siobhan
The celebrant burns incense during the Prayer of Forgiveness and then directs the deacon or a priest concelebrant to do the incensation. In the absence of a deacon or a concelebrant, the celebrant himself does the incensation during the qolo.PROEMION
The deacon or concelebrant incenses the cross, the main altar, the celebrant, the ministers, and the congregation.
The celebrant first burns incense, saying:To the praise and glory of the Most Holy Trinity.
He then sings the proemion:
May we be worthy to praise, glorify, and honor
Jesus Christ the bright and ineffable Light
and brilliance of the eternal Father:
the glorious image of God,
who revealed to us the three-fold mystery of God, the Most High.
Today Christ manifests himself on Mount Tabor,
shows his disciples the glory of his nature,
and confirms them by the appearance of his majesty.
To Christ, the good One, are due glory and honor,
on this feast and all the days of our lives,
now and for ever.
The congregation responds
He then sings the Sedro
O Christ our God,
you are worshipped and glorified by the heavenly hosts,
You chose to fulfill your plan of salvation for us
and, in your wisdom, you submitted yourself to human birth and baptism.
Before you carried out your saving sufferings on the Cross,
You selected Peter, James, and John to be your witnesses
and you were transfigured in their presence.
In the bright splendor of your glory
you were transformed before their eyes;
you were cloaked in a dazzling spiritual cloud.
The Father's voice was then heard, saying:
"This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!"
The disciples did not know what they were saying when they declared:
"It is good for us, Lord
to make three dwellings here,
one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elias."
In your might, you lifted their spirits
and enlightened their hearts.
You cautioned them not to reveal the mysterious vision
until your passion was over.
Now we beseech you, good Lord:
bathe your Church in your great light
and confirm us on the foundation of the true faith.
Exalt your Christian people
and, in your mercy, forgive their sins.
Grant good memory to their faithful departed.
We glorify and thank you, O Christ,
your Father, and to your Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.
QOLO Tune: Toubeikh Idto
The congregation sits and the qolo is then sung.
Today, on Mount Tabor, he who was seen by Moses
in a fiery flame out of a bush
was revealed in a great wonder.
The choir of prophets and apostles surrounded him
and the whole mountain was filled with lightening and thunder.
From on high, the Father's voice announced:
"This is my Son, my beloved One.
He came to save all creation from ignorance."
The celebrant concludes the Prayer of Forgiveness
O Lord God
grant us to honor with good deeds and holy acts
the feast of the revelation of your divinity in three Persons.
Make us worthy to find mercy and compassion
from the treasure of your wealth,
to ascend in spirit the mountain of your divinity,
to dwell in the bright abode of your majesty,
and to praise your eternity,
O Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.
The congregation stands and the Trisagion is then sung three times. The celebrant sings:
Qadeeshat aloho; Qadeeshat hyeltono; Qadeshat lomoyouto.
Holy are you, O God; Holy are you, O Strong One; Holy are you, O Immortal One.
The congregation responds:Itraham alein. Have mercy on us.
The celebrant concludes:
O holy and immortal Lord,
sanctify our minds and purify our consciences,
that we may praise you with pure hearts
and listen to your Holy Scriptures.
To you be glory, for ever. Amen
The Liturgy continues with Mazmooro ( Psalm of the Readings), tune: Ramremein.
A Maronite ping.
I've always been fond of Lotto's Transfiguration for it keeps alive something of the icon tradition of who this image is written. However, he switches the traditional placement of Moses and Elijah. The part in particular that I treasure about this painting is the motion of panic, disbelief, and even maybe divine joy on the part of the portrayal of St. John. It connects with the older tradition and brings forward to the early sixteenth century an element of the story sadly often missing in later works or the portrayals in films.
Sorry for the errors.. who=how....back to running after children and grandchildren.....
Tomorrow we celebrate the 12th Sunday of Pentecost. I'm not sure why it is not the Transfiguration but will ask Abouna. I do know that we are 'off' by a week because he folows the Arabic calendar as we do bi-lingual readings. Still - Arabic or English - the feast should fall on the same day.
Thank you for the beautiful post!
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I also think that the Lotto is very ikon-like in its style, the placement of the figures (and the helpful labelling for the reader!) . . . which is why I thought of it and posted it. I can see Lotto's point - that the Law Giver is on Christ's right hand. And I hadn't noticed that amazing smile on St. John's face until you mentioned it . . . :-)
A ping to a portion of the Maronite Liturgy for Transfiguration (and some artwork of the Transfiguration). God bless.
August 6, 2007
Transfiguration of the Lord
All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36). With remarkable agreement, all three place the event shortly after Peters confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus first prediction of his passion and death. Peters eagerness to erect tents or booths on the spot suggests it occurred during the Jewish weeklong, fall Feast of Booths.
In spite of the texts agreement, it is difficult to reconstruct the disciples experience, according to Scripture scholars, because the Gospels draw heavily on Old Testament descriptions of the Sinai encounter with God and prophetic visions of the Son of Man. Certainly Peter, James and John had a glimpse of Jesus divinity strong enough to strike fear into their hearts. Such an experience defies description, so they drew on familiar religious language to describe it. And certainly Jesus warned them that his glory and his suffering were to be inextricably connecteda theme John highlights throughout his Gospel.
Tradition names Mt. Tabor as the site of the revelation. A church first raised there in the fourth century was dedicated on August 6. A feast in honor of the Transfiguration was celebrated in the Eastern Church from about that time. Western observance began in some localities about the eighth century.
On July 22, 1456, Crusaders defeated the Turks at Belgrade. News of the victory reached Rome on August 6, and Pope Callistus III placed the feast on the Roman calendar the following year.
This morning we returned for Mass. We were joined by a young woman who noticed the sign outside announcing daily mass, and a religious sister of St. Vincent de Paul. It was a beautiful Mass and Father asked me to do the reading.
There is something very intensely spiritual about this small parish. In the midst of the darkness of the RC Diocese of Albany, St. Ann's is like a beacon of light.
A Blessed Feast of the Transfiguration to you all!
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