Transfiguration Titian1

by David Clayton on August 6, 2012

Transfiguration  Titian1

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GQ May 21, 2013 at 12:21 am

this got my attention I would like to have on my chest as a tatto piece I would like to know more about what it represents and it meaning

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David Clayton May 22, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hi there GQ, I’m not sure I have understood precisely what you want to tattoo – as far as I can tell you are looking at Titian’s Transfiguration? Is it the significance of the Transfiguration itself you are asking about?…(if I’m telling you something you know, or I’ve misunderstood what you are asking, then please forgive me) then very briefly it is a passage from St Luke’s gospel in which Christ went up onto a mountain with three apostles before the passion (when he was killed). Two of the old testament prophets. It is an anticipation of Christ’s glorious appearance in heaven. It is also an indication of what is offered to us as Christians. God became man so that we could become gods – this is no exaggeration, we mystically participate in the divinity of Christ in heaven. What I mean by this is that we are made god-like so that we actually have a personal relationship, in this sense as an equal in nature, with God. This is good because it means wonderful contentment and joy. The amazing thing is that we believe that by participating in the worship of the Church we are by degrees transformed in this life too. This is why what is offered to us as Christians, if we choose to accept that gift is greater than anything that it is possible to imagine…even in this life. I wrote about this in more detail here http://thewayofbeauty.org/2012/06/what-does-it-look-like-when-we-participate-in-christs-glory-through-the-liturgy/

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