The Scripture always overflows with teaching that gives life

AND he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid.

And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

Mark 9:1-7

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A mosaic of the Transfiguration, in the apse of the Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai

A mosaic of the Transfiguration, in the apse of the Monastery of St Catherine, Sinai

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FROM the land comes the joy of harvest, from the vineyard fruits that give food, and from the Scriptures teaching that gives life.

The land has one season for the harvest, and the vineyard has one season for the vintage, but the Scripture when read always overflows with teaching that gives life.

The land when it has been harvested lies fallow and the vineyard when the grapes have been picked is unproductive, but when Scripture is harvested the grapes of those who expound it are not lacking in it.

It is picked every day and the grape clusters of the hope in it are never exhausted.

Let us then draw near to this land and enjoy its life-giving furrows; and let us harvest from it grapes of life, the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, who said to his Disciples,

“There are some of those standing here who will not taste death
until they see the Son of man coming in his glory”.

St Ephrem the Syrian, Sermon on the Transfiguration. Translation by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash at Anastasis.

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COME, let us go up unto the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of our God, and behold the glory of his Transfiguration, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father; in light, let light be multiplied unto us, and high above this world in the Spirit, let us sing the consubstantial Trinity in hymns, unto the ages.

At Great Vespers, for the Feast of the Transfiguration. My inexpert translation, from Analogion.

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