Scripture Verse

He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistening.@Luke 9:28–29

Introduction

Words: Da­vid H. Ela, 1877.

Music: Board­man var­ious­ly at­trib­ut­ed to Charles Jef­freys (ar­ranged by Charles King­sley), or to L. Dev­er­eux (🔊 pdf nwc).

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illustration
Transfiguration of Christ
Raphael (1483–1520)

Lyrics

The chosen three, on mountain height,
While Jesus bowed in prayer,
Beheld His vesture glow with light,
His face shine wondrous fair.

And lo! with the transfigured Lord,
Leader and seer they saw;
With Carmel’s hoary prophet stood
The giver of the law.

From the low bending cloud above,
Whence radiant brightness shone,
Spake out the Father’s voice of love,
Hear My belovèd Son!

Lord, lead us to the mountain height;
To prayer’s transfiguring glow;
And clothe us with the Spirit’s might
For grander work below.