Monday, March 03, 2008

The Transfiguration

I like Sufjan Stevens. He is a really rad song writer and artist, and at times a little eccentric. I saw his show in January, it was rocking and performed really well. His lyrics are ace, and played to beautiful music. Sufjan is an American Indy artist who sings abouts lots of things. his current project is to release an album for each of the 50 states of America. But often sings about Christian themes in a most beautiful way.

Here is his rendition of the transfiguration:

When he took the three disciples

to the mountainside to pray,
his countenance was modified, his clothing was aflame.
Two men appeared: Moses and Elijah came;
they were at his side.
The prophecy, the legislation spoke of whenever he would die.

Then there came a word
of what he should accomplish on the day.
Then Peter spoke, to make of them a tabernacle place.
A cloud appeared in glory as an accolade.
They fell on the ground.
A voice arrived, the voice of God,
the face of God, covered in a cloud.

What he said to them,
the voice of God: the most beloved son.
Consider what he says to you, consider what's to come.
The prophecy was put to death,
was put to death, and so will the Son.
And keep your word, disguise the vision till the time has come.

Lost in the cloud, a voice: Have no fear! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Turn your ear!
Lost in the cloud, a voice: Lamb of God! We draw near!
Lost in the cloud, a sign: Son of man! Son of God!

Seven Swans, 2004.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haha! You said "rad" and "rocking"!
But you have to spell "Indy" as "Indie", otherwise it sounds like a car race.

I love you :)