Friday (6th August) was the Feast of the Transfiguration. Although it is a significant day in the Anglican calendar, it has never attracted much in the way of popular feasts and celebrations. I suppose there is little need of them at this time of year, and it is hard to make any connection between the events of the Transfiguration and what is occurring in the natural world. Here, in the Parish of the Transfiguration in Little Bowden, we are apparently having a barbecue after evensong tonight, but this is not believed to be a custom of any great antiquity.
What it has done, though, is to inspire that rarest of things – a worthwhile piece of contemporary popular music (outside the gospel tradition) with a Christian – indeed doctrinally orthodox – theme. This is Sufjan Stevens, from his 2004 album Seven Swans, and it’s The Transfiguration.