Monday, October 24, 2022

402. Transfiguration (Series B)

The lessons for this service are 2 Kings 2:1-12 or Exodus 34:29-35, 2 Corinthians 3:12-13 skipping to 4:1-6 (optional 3:14-18) and Mark 9:2-9. The tune is LAUDATE DOMINUM by C. Hubert H. Parry (†1918), which I didn't realize was in public domain the last time I wrote a hymn with it in mind and, as a result, ended up altering my text to fit a different tune. Oh, well! The Aussies sing "O praise ye the Lord! Praise Him in the height" to this tune, as does CWH with altered lyrics; LSB pairs it with "Be strong in the Lord" and ELW with "Rejoice in God's saints."

O glory of God! O gospel of grace!
What light blazes forth from Christ Jesus' face:
The image of Him who from darkness called light
Has shone in our hearts, turning blindness to sight.

The veil Moses once for Aaron's sake wore,
Is taken away; men need it no more.
For God's Son, who only on God has laid eyes,
As Man now is come and to Him makes us wise.

The god of this age still darkens men's minds;
What Jesus reveals, to that Satan blinds.
O Spirit, this veil from the gospel retract,
That truth may appear and on consciences act!

Now brothers and sisters, do not lose heart!
From crafty designs and lies set apart,
We have through the gospel God's mercy received,
And what we have spoken we also believed.

O Voice that from heav'n commands us to hear;
O Figure that lone and meek might appear;
O Breath that as whirlwind may anywhere blow,
Our worship accept, our salvation bestow!

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