Transfiguration: metamorphosis and change

Orthodox icon showing the 'metamorphosis' or transfiguration of Our Lord
Orthodox icon showing the ‘metamorphosis’ or transfiguration of Our Lord


Wishing you all a joyous Feast of the Transfiguration, albeit one day late. This year I have kept the blog in hibernation for a few reasons, not least that any time I have outside of teaching and homekeeping has been used preparing icons. However, we have made the decision to send our daughter to a local school that we believe will fit her needs better than staying home, at least for the moment. Being an only child can be lonely, especially if your mother tends to be rather solitary! So next week we begin the adventure of school and I have been given a space above our church to paint, although I will be sharing it with several other groups. Please pray this works out – I think being so close to the services will be a great support in my painting.


In the meantime, all slots for icons this year are *definitely, finally* closed. I apologise to those of you who have been patiently waiting and promise you will see progress very soon. To those of you with enquiries about painting and tuition, please email me  РI am seriously considering a course here in Edinburgh next year.


I finally wanted to say a little about the Transfiguration, or metamorphosis: it is, possibly, my favourite feast apart from Pascha. The silent night, suddenly filled with blinding light; Christ’s true nature shining through this frail mortal frame, transfiguring the very robes he was wearing; the presence of the two prophets, taken to Heaven bodily, who ‘translated unto eternal life, where they groweth not old’ after a life of service and hardship… Finally, the apostles: the Troparion we sang says:

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God,

revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it.

Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners,

 through the prayers of the Theotokos.

O Giver of Light, glory to You!

“As far as they could bear it” – we are given to see as much grace and divinity as we can handle. What mercy and love we are shown in our weakness, so that we can grow in love and faith as our children grow tall and strong! Blessed Feast, and pray for me, a sinner.

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