Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors
and the Holy Fathers
On the Mountain He was bright as the lightning, and became more
luminous than the sun, initiating us into the mystery of the future.
St. Gregory Nazianzen, The Fourth
Theological Oration XIX.
This most joyful reality, which ravished Paul, and made his mind go
out from every creature but yet return entirely to himself -- this he
behold as a light of revelation, though not of sensible bodies, a light
without limit, depth, height or lateral extension. He saw absolutely no
limit to his vision and to the light which shone round about him, but
rather it was as it were a sun infinitely brighter and greater than the
universe, with himself standing in the midst of it, having become all
eye. Such, more or less, was his vision.
St. Gregory Palamas, The Triads
Through the fall our nature was stripped of divine illumination and
resplendence. But the Logos of God had pity upon our disfigurement and
in His compassion He took our nature upon Himself, and on Tabor He
manifested it to His elect disciples clothed once again most
brilliantly. He shows what we once were and what we shall become through
Him in the age to come, if we choose to live our present life as far as
possible in accordance with His ways. St.
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