Calendar

Below is a listing of events at the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical Christian community in the Benedictine tradition located in Orleans MA. Liturgies are held at the Church of the Transfiguration. Also included are events presented by Elements Theatre Company (www.elementstheatre.org) and Gloriae Dei Cantores (www.gdcchoir.org). For more information please call 508-240-2400.

Feb
23
Thu
Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr of Smyrna
Feb 23 all-day
Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr of Smyrna @  |  |

St. Polycarp’s martyrdom is one of the most well-documented events of ancient history.
To save his life he only needed to say the words “Caesar is Lord.” Instead he replied: “For eighty-six years I have served Christ, and he never did me any wrong. How can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” He was then burned at the stake, and it is said that the flames enfolded him like great angel wings.

Feb
24
Fri
Meet the Author–Father Martin Shannon
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Meet the Author--Father Martin Shannon @ Priory Books & Gifts |  |  |

Meet Author Fr. Martin Shannon, CJ, at the launch of “According to Your Mercy: Praying with the Psalms from Ash Wednesday to Easter” — a new book of reflections on the Psalms for each of the forty-seven days from Ash Wednesday to Easter, that mirror the various twists and turns on the Lenten journey. Many have called the psalms a ‘school of prayer’ and indeed St. Augustine in his Confessions wrote that the psalms could be a stepping stone to deeper conversation with God. These ancient words from Scripture mirror our own thoughts and emotions—celebration and praise, suffering and lament, gratitude and asking for help—as relevant today as when they were first sung in the Temple. Fr. Martin Shannon brings deep teaching as well as the personal encounter of someone who has chanted and studied the Psalms for years. Each reflection is on one psalm, offering a meditation on its meaning and how it connects to our lives, followed by a word from one of the ancient church fathers and a prayer. Come meet Fr. Martin, and get your copy of “According to Your Mercy” just in time for Lent.

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration @ Church of the Transfiguration |  |  |

The Church of the Transfiguration overlooks picturesque Rock Harbor in Orleans. The church offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). This contemporary interpretation of an ancient basilican style of architecture combines intricate mosaics and frescos, sculpted stone, bronze and glass by local and international artists. On Fridays, following the 3 pm tour, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Feb
25
Sat
Vespers I
Feb 25 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Vespers I @ Church of the Transfguration |  |  |

The Liturgy of the Hours is a form of communal prayer that marks the passing of time—the services follow the natural order of the day.
In the evening we celebrate Vespers, looking back upon the day with thanksgiving, while acknowledging that not all we have done has been to the glory of God.

Feb
26
Sun
Lauds
Feb 26 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am
Lauds @  |  |

The Divine Office (or Liturgy of the Hours) is the most frequent form of the Community’s daily prayer. Lauds, Midday, Vespers, and Compline are prayed according to the ancient practice of Gregorian chant, using Latin for the psalmody and hymnody and English for the readings and prayers. Thus, the chant is persevered and renewed as a living tradition – growing from sacred roots and adapted for modern monastic life.www.churchofthetransfiguration.org/worship/liturgy-of-the-hours/

Holy Eucharist
Feb 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Holy Eucharist @  |  |

The Eucharist (or Holy Communion) is the Community’s principal act of worship. Presided over by one of the resident ordained clergy, the liturgy incorporates forms and prayers shared by most major branches of the church, drawing from both early Christian sources and contemporary expressions. www.churchofthetransfiguration.org/worship

Mar
1
Wed
Ash Wednesday
Mar 1 all-day
Ash Wednesday @  |  |

As we begin our observation of the season of Lent, join us for the Imposition of Ashes following the 7:30 am Lauds service and the 11:45 Midday Office, or following Eucharist at 5:45 pm.

If you have sinned, do not lose hope because of your error.
Pray instead.

On the other hand, if you have done something good,
never presume too much on account of your goodness.
Never congratulate yourself excessively.

Never look down on someone else for sinning,
and remember that when the wayward soul prays and repents of doing wrong,
the Lord will raise that person up,
as he did Lazarus.

Aelfric of Eynsham (c. 955 – c. 1010)

From Following Christ: A Lenten Reader to Stretch Your Soul, Carmen Acevedo Butcher
(Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2010)

Mar
3
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration @ Church of the Transfiguration |  |  |

The Church of the Transfiguration overlooks picturesque Rock Harbor in Orleans. The church offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). This contemporary interpretation of an ancient basilican style of architecture combines intricate mosaics and frescos, sculpted stone, bronze and glass by local and international artists. On Fridays, following the 3 pm tour, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Mar
4
Sat
Evensong
Mar 4 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Evensong @ Church of the Transfguration |  |  |

On Saturday evenings, the Service of Choral Evensong is celebrated in preparation for Sunday Eucharist. This traditional service of evening prayer dates back to the 16th century, and is based on the service from the Book of Common Prayer. It comprises scripture readings and prayers, sung Canticles (the Magnificat and Nunc dimittis), anthems, and chanted Psalms and prayers.

Mar
5
Sun
Lauds
Mar 5 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am
Lauds @  |  |

The Divine Office (or Liturgy of the Hours) is the most frequent form of the Community’s daily prayer. Lauds, Midday, Vespers, and Compline are prayed according to the ancient practice of Gregorian chant, using Latin for the psalmody and hymnody and English for the readings and prayers. Thus, the chant is persevered and renewed as a living tradition – growing from sacred roots and adapted for modern monastic life.www.churchofthetransfiguration.org/worship/liturgy-of-the-hours/

Holy Eucharist
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Holy Eucharist @  |  |

The Eucharist (or Holy Communion) is the Community’s principal act of worship. Presided over by one of the resident ordained clergy, the liturgy incorporates forms and prayers shared by most major branches of the church, drawing from both early Christian sources and contemporary expressions. www.churchofthetransfiguration.org/worship

Mar
7
Tue
Perpetua, Felicity, & companions, Martyrs at Carthage
Mar 7 all-day
Perpetua, Felicity, & companions, Martyrs at Carthage @  |  |

Perpetua was a young widow, mother of an infant and owner of several slaves, including Felicity. Together they were catechumens preparing for baptism.
In 202 AD, Emperor Septimius Severus decreed that all persons should sacrifice to the divinity of the emperor. There was no way that a Christian, confessing faith in one Lord Jesus Christ, could do this. Perpetua and Felicity were arrested and held in prison. At the public hearing before the proconsul, Perpetua refused even the pleas of her father, saying “I am a Christian.” They were sent to the arena in Carthage and given to the wild beasts.
Before she died, Perpetua cried out to the other Christians “Stand fast in the faith and love one another, and do not let what we suffer be a stumbling block to you.”
Thus we have the account of the first women martyrs on our calendar of saints.

Mar
10
Fri
Lenten Journey Exhibit
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lenten Journey Exhibit

March 10-April 14  (Open Monday – Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, closed Wednesday)

Artist: Brother Martin Erspamer OSB
Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Indiana

Patmos Art Center

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration @ Church of the Transfiguration |  |  |

The Church of the Transfiguration overlooks picturesque Rock Harbor in Orleans. The church offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). This contemporary interpretation of an ancient basilican style of architecture combines intricate mosaics and frescos, sculpted stone, bronze and glass by local and international artists. On Fridays, following the 3 pm tour, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

A Lenten Experience: Choices of the Disciples
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Elements Theatre Company collaborate to offer A Lenten Experience; Choices of the Disciples invignettes of sacred music and written word at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor Orleans (5 Bay View Drive), Friday and Saturday, March 10 & 11 at 7:30 PM. Come experience the disciples Peter, Andrew, Judas, plus Mary, Mother of God, Mary Magdalene, and others whose lives were forever changed by their decisions in the face of mercy and forgiveness.
 
Free Admission        Tickets: 508-240-2400    
Information: gdcchoir.org I elementstheatre.org

Mar
11
Sat
Vespers I
Mar 11 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

The Liturgy of the Hours is a form of communal prayer that marks the passing of time—the services follow the natural order of the day.
In the evening we celebrate Vespers, looking back upon the day with thanksgiving, while acknowledging that not all we have done has been to the glory of God.

A Lenten Experience: Choices of the Disciples
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Gloriæ Dei Cantores and Elements Theatre Company collaborate to offer A Lenten Experience; Choices of the Disciples invignettes of sacred music and written word at the Church of the Transfiguration, Rock Harbor Orleans (5 Bay View Drive), Friday and Saturday, March 10 & 11 at 7:30 PM. Come experience the disciples Peter, Andrew, Judas, plus Mary, Mother of God, Mary Magdalene, and others whose lives were forever changed by their decisions in the face of mercy and forgiveness.
 
Free Admission        Tickets: 508-240-2400       
Information: gdcchoir.org I elementstheatre.org