“What deep bond links monasticism and the arts? Monasticism in fact renders ‘visible’ and ‘tangible’ a particular intensity of Christian life, for the monk wants to be, like Christ, an icon or image of God’s beauty, and the monastery is that place in which, with the help of like-minded brethren, this human ‘artwork’ can be brought to perfection—a sort of atelier of the soul.” (Timothy Verdon, Vita Sorgiva e Fede Creativa)
Monasteries have always been hosts to the making of art. The life of the monastery cultivates a climate of rich creativity, giving color and form to the faith of the members and nurturing all manner of sacred art. When Jesus called men and women to follow him, he also sent them forth to be his witnesses, to proclaim the Good News of God’s grace in word and deed.
“Through the arts, which are so closely associated with the Incarnation, the Community works diligently to proclaim the Word of God in tangible forms. Goodness, truth, and beauty are given expression through sanctified human labor.” (Rule of Life, Chapter 2)
The work of creativity, as expressed through the arts, is tangibly proclaimed in the publishing of books and music (Paraclete Press) and through the visual and performing arts (Gloriae Dei Cantores choir, Spirit of America band, Elements Theatre Company, and many various art and textile guilds.) This expression of the beauty and the arts has taken the form of an international ecumenical mission located in Barga, Italy. The Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality promotes visual and performing arts, organizes educational programs, and facilitates ecumenical exchange.
PRIORY BOOKS & GIFTS
Monday–Saturday 10:00 AM–6:00 PM (except Wednesday)
Sunday following Eucharist
Church of the Transfiguration E.M. Skinner Organ, 2005
An introduction to the museum-quality restoration and construction of the organ at the Church of the Transfiguration, Cape Cod, MA.
Sanctuary Floor Mosaic, Church of the Transfiguration, 2007
Watch the creation of the floor mosaic from original painted drawings; to studios in Ravenna, Italy; and installation on Cape Cod, MA.
Creating buon frescoes (true frescoes) at the Church of the Transfiguration, 2006
Members of the Community of Jesus fresco guild join Silvestro Pistolesi from Florence, Italy, to paint the frescoes on the north wall of the Church of the Transfiguration, Cape Cod, MA
Frescos at the Church of the Transfiguration, 2007
Silvestro Pistolesi from Florence, Italy, and members of the Community of Jesus Fresco Guild paint buon frescoes (true frescoes) for the Church of the Transfiguration, Orleans, MA.
Painting Crucifixion Fresco, 2009
Silvestro Pistolesi, from Florence Italy, paints in buon fresco (true fresco) the Crucifixion on the South wall of the Church of the Transfiguration, Cape Cod, MA.
Glass Wall Sculpture, Church of the Transfiguration, 2008
The design and fabrication of the glass sculpture on the west wall at the Church of the Transfiguration, Cape Cod, MA.
Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality
An introduction to Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality Barga, Italy.