Additional Texts for the Transfiguration from New Skete

From Sighs of the Spirit, of the New Skete Communities, more about them here, these prayers may easily be used within Common Worship Daily Prayer:

(a photograph of an icon of the Transfiguration at New Skete may be found here).

The Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord and God and Saviour, Jesus Christ

At Vespers:

THE PRAYER FOR THE HYMN OF LIGHT    Lord Jesus, radiant light of the eternal Father: At this evening hour, reveal your light to us as you revealed it to your friends on Tabor’s heights. Do not cast us away nor allow the darkness to overcome us in our wretchedness. Rather, lead us through life to our true homeland illuminated not by the sun, not by the moon, nor the stars, nor the flash of lightning, nor the brightness of any earthly fire, but only by your uncreated light. Hear us this evening, and let us bear your radiance in plain sight before all the world.
For you are indeed our God, and we give you glory, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF PSALM 104 (103) O source and origin of the sun and the moon and the stars, of heaven and earth and all that is, O designer and creator of all things, visible and tangible, as well as hidden from our mind and our senses: Your wisdom and love inspire your church to celebrate the feast of the transfiguration of your Son. On Tabor, in a wondrous and unfathomable way, he gave his friends an insight into who he really is. Now, during this feast, we entreat you to open our minds and our hearts to the mystery of his person, that by ever contemplating his passion, death, and resurrection, we may portray this understanding in our lives and abide in a lasting fellowship with him and with each other.
By the grace and mercy and love for us of your only Son, with whom you are blessed, together with your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit; now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYERS FOR THE INCENSE PSALMS Sweet Jesus; Look on us, your wretched servants, as once again we come before you with our evening worship. The fragrance of your person, O saviour, overwhelms us completely. Now, as we welcome you who are the light of our lives, we have made you the gift of this evening sacrifice with its own sweet scent. As its smoke pervades this temple, permeate our lives ever more deeply with your transforming presence. Forgive us our sins, free us from lethargy and discouragement, and help us to be good. Fill our minds with the wisdom to understand what you are all about, O you who are the radiance of the Father.
For you are indeed our God, and we give you glory, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit; now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF THE LITANY The light of evening will soon fade away completely, o eternal God, source of light, in whose light we see light; Now that we have offered our evening hymns in thanksgiving for your never-fading light, our Lord Jesus Christ, we ask you to fulfil the words of the apostle in our lives; With faces unveiled and reflecting the glory of the Lord Jesus like mirrors, let us all be transfigured, with ever greater clarity, into the image we reflect. Through you Holy Spirit, who assures us that we are your children and heirs, let us share in this glory that is your Son’s inheritance by sharing in his sufferings through of our own lives.
For you deserve all glory, honour, and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF INCLINATION Behold us, O Lord, as we bow our heads and bend our necks to you, the God and Father of our saviour Jesus Christ. Bring about in each of us the perfection of our adoption as it was pledged to us at the transfiguration of your only Son on the heights of Tabor.
For you are indeed our God, and we give you glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

At Matins:

THE OPENING PRAYER O maker and creator of the dawn and all its glory, who are the source of all beauty, whether of matter or of spirit: As we celebrate the transfiguration of your only son, we beseech you: Let the light of day be a sign for us of your divine light. Drive all darkness from our lives, grant the light and joy of truth to your servants at all times, and create habits of virtue in each of us. Strengthen us for our work, and enable us to grow in wisdom and understanding as we ponder the meaning of the mystery we celebrate during these days.
For you deserve all glory, honour, and worship, Father Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF PSALM 51 (50) How many times since our youth, Lord, have we begged for your mercy, only to go on taking it for granted! Unlike the prophet David we have failed to attain repentance. During those days when we feast the transfiguration of your Son, we implore you to bathe us in light, that we may understand repentance and persevere in our pursuit of it. We beg you, O God: with this feast, make us whiter than snow.
By the grace and mercy and love for us of your only Son, with whom you are blessed, together with your all-holy, good, and life-giving spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF INCENSE Lord, our God: On the great feast of the transfiguration of your only Son, be pleased to accept the sacrifice of incense we offer you this morning. Let its fragrance ascend before you in all its sweetness and. In return, let us, with the eyes of faith, see your son as he really is, just as you granted this this to Peter, James and John. Do not let the trials and tribulations of this life diminish our faith, but, rather, let our faith enable us to triumph in the midst of all our daily cares.
For you are indeed our God, a God of mercy and compassion, and we give you glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF THE PRAISES O master and maker of all that is, whether visible or hidden from our sight: We give you thanks for transforming our frail human nature and all creation with the transfiguration of your Son on the mountain. Of old, you fashioned us in your own image and likeness, but this beauty was soon obscured by sin. Now as we celebrate the mystery of this feast, change our hearts for the good, that we may praise you with the rest of your creatures all the days of our life.
For you deserve all glory, honour, and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF THE LITANY O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: O designer and creator of the glory of each recurring morning. Whose life-giving hand endowed all things with their own distinctive beauty: As we bring our morning worship to a close during these holy days, we beseech you to touch us and make us beautiful in spirit and in truth. Just as the Lord Jesus revealed the glory of his sonship to his three friends on mount Tabor, make us worthy of that same adoption, which he shares with us, even now, through the Holy Spirit. Enable us to cast off the shackles of our attachments, that we may glory in the shackles of our attachments, that we may glory in the freedom that all your children enjoy.
By the grace and mercy and love for us of your only Son, with whom you are blessed, together with your all-holy, good , and life-giving Spirit: now and forever, and to ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF INCLINATION Let your pure, unfailing light dispel the darkness from our slow and sluggish minds, O Christ. As we bow before your ineffable and august person. We beseech you to help us understand your good news and fulfil its precepts at every moment of our lives.
For you are indeed our God, and we give you glory: together with your eternal Father, and your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit: now and forever and unto ages of ages.

At the Divine Liturgy

THE PRAYER OF THE FIRST ANTIPHON O Holy Father: At the transfiguration of your only Son on mount Tabor, you gave us a pledge of what we shall be when you bring our adoption to perfection. Grant that by listening to the voice of the Lord Jesus at all times, we may indeed become heirs with him.
For you alone are good and full of love for us, O God, and we give you glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER OF THE SECOND ANTHIPON O Holy Father: As we celebrate the glorification of your beloved Son on mount Tabor, we beseech you to enable us to persevere in faith and love, so that we may join him in eternal glory.
For you alone are good and full of love for us, O God, and we give you glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

THE PRAYER FOR THE THIRD ANTHIPON O Holy Father: On this feast of the transfiguration of your beloved Son on mount Tabor, we beseech you: Let us grow in knowledge of you, let us bring forth fruit in every good work, and let us live the gospel in your presence all the days of our life.
For you alone are good and full of love for us, O God, and we give you glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

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