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The Face That Launched A Thousand Lives
Transfiguration Sunday

from the book
Sermons On The Second Readings
For Sundays In Advent, Christmas, And Epiphany

Frederick R. Harm

2 Corinthians 4:3-6


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You will recall the ancient myth that lies behind our sermon theme for today. Helen, the wife of Sparta's king Menelaus, was acclaimed the most beautiful woman of Greece. The Greeks fought the Trojan War in order to get her back from Troy, where Paris, the son of King Priam, had taken her. In Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, the question is asked concerning Helen, "Was this the face that launched a thousand ships and burned the topless towers of Ilium?" Today's text speaks of a far greater face, a face that launched a thousand, perhaps ten thousand times ten thousand, lives into an experience that beggars description. It is, of course, the face of Christ, our Lord. Verse 5 describes it for us, "For the same God who said, out of darkness let light shine, has caused his light to shine within us to give the light of revelation -- the revelation of the glory of God in the face ...

This Transfiguration Sunday sermon, The Face That Launched A Thousand Lives, is based on 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and relates to Transfiguration Sunday of Cycle B of the lectionary. This sermon is excerpted from the book Sermons On The Second Readings . SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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