Homilies on the Transfiguration for the Feast of the Transfiguration

This is what we celebrate in our feast today, then: the divinization of nature; its change for the better; the displacement and ascent of what conforms to nature, towards what is above nature. (St. Andrew of Crete, On the Transfiguration of Christ Our Lord, PG 97.932)

 

Tomorrow, August 6th, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I wanted to suggest, were you looking for something to read on the Transfiguration, Fr. Brian Daley, SJ’s recently published, Light on the Mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord, published by St. Vladimir’s in their Popular Patristics Series. Fr. Daley translates 25 homilies spanning from Origen (d. 254) to Gregory Palamas (d. 1359).  Other notable authors include one of my favorites, Andrew of Crete (whose works exist in no critical editions as of yet – hint hint for anyone interested), Leontius of Byzantium (a figure on whom Fr. Daley did his D.Phil thesis at Oxford), Cyril of Alexandria, John Chrysostom, and someone else near and dear to my heart, John of Damascus.

Just for due diligence, Fr. Daley is a professor of mine at Notre Dame and I worked as his TA last year. Even if he were not, however, I would recommend the volume. I read his similar volume on the homilies on the Dormition of Mary and was there introduced to Andrew of Crete. I think this volume has a comparable value in that it introduces one to Christian writers who may have been previously unknown.  So, go read them!

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2 responses to “Homilies on the Transfiguration for the Feast of the Transfiguration

  1. For anyone who may find this helpful in language learning, here is the original Greek of the epigraph (as published in Migne’s Patrologia Graeca, 97.932):
    Τοῦτο τοίνυν ἑορτάζομεν σήμερον, τὴν τῆς φύσεως θέωσιν, τὴν εἰς τὸ κρεῖττον ἀλλοίωσιν, τὴν ἐπὶ τὰ ὑπερ φὺσιν τῶν κατὰ φύσιν ἔκστασιν καὶ ἀνάβασιν.
    – Ἀνδρέας Κρήτης

    Josh’s translation:
    This is what we celebrate in our feast today, then: the divinization of nature; its change for the better; the displacement and ascent of what conforms to nature, towards what is above nature.
    – Andrew of Crete

  2. Joshua McManaway

    That’s actually Fr. Daley’s translation from the volume.

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