Lest we forget what day this is in the Church’s calendar…
The Transfiguration seems to stand at a watershed in the ministry of Jesus, and to be a height from which the reader looks down on one side upon the Galilean ministry and on the other side on the Via Crucis. The story resembles the baptism of Jesus, inasmuch as it culminates in the heavenly voice proclaiming the Sonship; and it resembles the agony in Gethsemane, inasmuch as it shows the three disciples witnessing a decisive moment in the relation of Jesus to the Father.
Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1961-1974
On a more sombre note, it is also the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.