It is Transfiguration Sunday. Today’s Bach cantata is “Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir” (Lord God, we all praise you):
Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 17:1-9:
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
The text of today’s piece is available here. It contains these words:
Lord God, we all praise You
and shall properly thank You
for your creation of the beautiful angels,
which hover around You above Your throne.
Their brilliant radiance and exalted wisdom shows
how God bends Himself down to us humans,
who has created such champions, such weapons
for our sake.
They never rest from honoring Him;
their entire activity is directed only to this,
that they might be around You, Lord Christ,
and around Your poor little flock:
How necessary, indeed, is this protection
in the face of Satan’s wrath and power?
Happy listening! Soli Deo gloria.