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Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors 
and the Holy Fathers


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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. Gregory Palamas


Used with the permission of Fr Seraphim Holland from his website