Today those Lutheran Churches using the historic lectionary celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. What a joy this feast is! How beautiful is the light of Tabor, uncreated and mysterious, which reveals to us WHO it is that hung upon the cross, destroying Death by His death. There are several beautiful hymns for this day, but my all time favorite is "O Wondrous Type" - sung to the lovely Agincourt hymn, and with trumpets and choir enhancing its beauty. We got the treat of singing it that way this morning at St. Paul's:
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!
With Moses and Elijah nigh
the incarnate Lord holds converse high;
and from the cloud the Holy One
bears record to His only Son.
With shining face and bright array
Christ deigns to manifest today
What joy shall be their's above
Who joy in God with perfect love.
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.
O Father, with th'eternal Son
And Holy Spirit ever one,
We pray you, bring us by Your grace
To see Your glory face to face.