Morning Prayer
Feast of the Transfiguration

INVITATORY

Domine labia mea aperies
et os meum adnuntiabit laudem tuam.

Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us.
Agios o theos, agios ischyros, agios athanatos,
eleison imas.
Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus Immortįlis,
miserére nobis.


Jesus took Peter, † James, and John with him /
and led them up a high mountain where they were alone.

In their presence, † he was transfigured, /
his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.

They saw Elijah appear, † and Moses with him, /
and there they were, conversing with Jesus.

Then Peter said, † How good it is that we are here! /
shall we make three shelters?

There came a cloud † which cast a shadow over them; /
they were afraid as they entered the cloud.


VENITE          Psalm 95:1-7

Antiphon: The Lord has shown forth his glory; Come let us adore him.

Come let us sing to the Lord; *
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving *
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God, *
and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the caverns of the earth, *
and the heights of the hills are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it, *
and his hands have molded the dry land.

Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, *
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. *
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!

Antiphon: The Lord has shown forth his glory; Come let us adore him.


HYMN

When to the faithful you appear,
O holy Jesus, strong and clear,
away the clouds and darkness roll,
and rapture overflows the soul.

How happy those who feel you light,
partaker of the Father's might,
true radiance of our native land
surpassing all we understand

Upon the holy mount you show
more glory than our minds can know;
the fullness of your love impart
by your true presence in the heart.

All glory, Lord, to you we pay,
transfigured in sublime array;
and to the Father tribute bring,
as by the Spirit here we sing.



Or:

Jesu dulcis memoria
Dans vera cordis gaudia:
Sed super mel et omnia
Ejus dulcis pręsentia.

Nil canitur suavius,
Nil auditur jucundius
Nil cogitatur dulcius
Quam Jesus Dei filius.

Jesu dulcedo cordium,
fons vivus, lumen mentium,
excedens omne gaudium,
et omne desiderium.

Quando cor nostrum visitas,
tunc lucet ei veritas,
mundi vilescit vanitas,
et intus fervet caritas

Da nobis largus veniam,
amoris tui copiam;
da nobis per pręsentiam
tuam videre gloriam.

Laudes tibi nos pangimus,
dilectus es qui Filius,
quem Patris atque Spiritus
splendor revelat inclitus. Amen.

The very thought of Jesus Christ
To troubled soul brings peace and cheer,
Beyond all honey and delights
It is to feel his presence near.

No sweeter Name the voice can sing,
More pleasing sound the ear finds none,
No better thought can come to mind
Than that of Jesus, God the Son.

O Jesus, joy of every heart,
True fount of life and sacred fire,
The thought of you surpasses all
Our longings and the soul's desire.

And when you visit us unseen,
Our hearts are bathed in truth and light,
The joys of earth grow old and dim
As love for you asserts its right.

Increase the ardor of our love,
And heal our wounds with pardon blest;
May we one day your glory see
And ever in your presence rest.

Christ Jesus Lord, we praise your Name,
Beloved Son, for us you died,
But with the Spirit now you reign
For ever by the Father's side. Amen.

Melody: This endris night C.M. Music: Prinknash Tone Text: Ralph Wright, O.S.B.


OPENING          Revelation 21:10,23
He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made from a single pearl; and the street of the city was of pure gold, transparent as glass.


PSALMODY


Ant. 1: Today the Lord was transfigured and the voice of the Father bore witness to him; Moses and Elijah appeared with him in glory and spoke with him about the death he was to undergo, alleluia.
1
Why are the nations in an uproar? *
     Why do the peoples mutter empty threats?
2
Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt,
and the princes plot together, *
     against the LORD and against his Anointed?
3
"Let us break their yoke," they say; *
     "let us cast off their bonds from us."
4
He whose throne is in heaven is laughing; *
     the Lord has them in derision.
5
Then he speaks to them in his wrath, *
     and his rage fills them with terror.
6
"I myself have set my king *
     upon my holy hill of Zion."
7
Let me announce the decree of the LORD: *
     he said to me, "You are my Son;
     this day have I begotten you.
8
Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance *
     and the ends of the earth for your possession.
9
You shall crush them with an iron rod *
     and shatter them like a piece of pottery."
10
And now, you kings, be wise; *
     be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11
Submit to the LORD with fear, *
     and with trembling bow before him;
12
Lest he be angry and you perish; *
     for his wrath is quickly kindled.
13
Happy are they all *
     who take refuge in him!
Ant. 1: Today the Lord was transfigured and the voice of the Father bore witness to him; Moses and Elijah appeared with him in glory and spoke with him about the death he was to undergo, alleluia.



Ant. 2: Today the Lord Jesus Christ shone with splendor on the mountain, his face like the sun and his clothes as white as snow, alleluia, alleluia.
1
The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, *
     the world and all who dwell therein.
2
For it is he who founded it upon the seas *
     and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
3
"Who can ascend the hill of the LORD? *
     and who can stand in his holy place?"
4
"Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, *
     who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
     nor sworn by what is a fraud.
5
They shall receive a blessing from the LORD *
     and a just reward from the God of their salvation."
6
Such is the generation of those who seek him, *
     of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
7
Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
     and the King of glory shall come in.
8
"Who is this King of glory?" *
     "The LORD, strong and mighty,
     the LORD, mighty in battle."
9
Lift up your heads, O gates;
lift them high, O everlasting doors; *
     and the King of glory shall come in.
10
"Who is he, this King of glory?" *
     "The LORD of hosts,
     he is the King of glory."
Ant. 2: Today the Lord Jesus Christ shone with splendor on the mountain, his face like the sun and his clothes as white as snow, alleluia, alleluia.



Ant. 3: The law was given through Moses and prophecy through Elijah. Radiant in the divine majesty, they were seen speaking with the Lord, alleluia.
1
I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
     from where is my help to come?
2
My help comes from the LORD, *
     the maker of heaven and earth.
3
He will not let your foot be moved *
     and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel *
     shall neither slumber nor sleep;
5
The LORD himself watches over you; *
     the LORD is your shade at your right hand,
6
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
     nor the moon by night.
7
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; *
     it is he who shall keep you safe.
8
The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
     from this time forth for evermore.
Ant. 3: The law was given through Moses and prophecy through Elijah. Radiant in the divine majesty, they were seen speaking with the Lord, alleluia.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum.


FIRST READING          Exodus 24:12-18
The LORD said to Moses, 'Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.' So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, 'Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.' Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.


CANTICLE          Cf. 1 Timothy 3:16

Praise the Lord, all you nations!

He was manifested in flesh, justified in spirit -

– praise the Lord, all you nations!

He was seen by the angels, he was preached to the nations

– praise the Lord, all you nations!

The world believed in him, he was taken up in glory

– praise the Lord, all you nations!

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum.


SECOND READING          2 Corinthians 4:1-6
Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God's word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


CANTICLE          Benedictus

Antiphon: A voice spoke from the cloud: +This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old,
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,

Free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,

To give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,

To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum.

Antiphon: A voice spoke from the cloud: +This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.


PRAYERS

Our Father…


On the Mountain You were Transfigured, O Christ God,
And Your disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could see it;
So that when they would behold You crucified,
They would understand that Your suffering was voluntary,
And would proclaim to the world,
That You are truly the Radiance of the Father!


O God,
who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses
your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured:
Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the anxiety of this world,
may by faith behold the King in his beauty;
who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



In the presence of his disciples our Savior was wonderfully transfigured on Mount Tabor. Let us pray to him with confidence:
R:Lord, in your light may we see light.

Father of mercies, you glorified your heavenly Son and revealed yourself in the bright cloud,
- grant that we may listen in faith to have a love for the word of Christ.(R.)

O God, you have filled your chosen people with the bounty of your house,
- grant that we may always find the source of our life in the body of Christ.(R.)

O God, you have scattered the darkness with your light and have poured your light into our hearts so that we might look upon the radiant face of Jesus Christ
- nourish in us the desires to contemplate your beloved Son. (R.)

O God, according to your plan, you have called us to holiness by your grace which you have revealed in Jesus Christ,
- through your Gospel show us the way so we could share in your mission of glorious splendor of unending life.(R.)

Loving Father, you have so loved us that we have been called to be sons of God,
- when Christ comes grant us that we may be like him.(R.)


O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration
of your Only Begotten Son
confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers
and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship,
grant, we pray, to your servants,
that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son,
we may merit to become co-heirs with him.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,
revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.
Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,
through the prayers of the Theotokos.
O Giver of Light, glory to You!



 
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