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.

Nov
25
Fri
Lux Seminalis: Seeds of Light– the Works of Gabriele Wilpers
Nov 25 2016 @ 11:00 am – Feb 5 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Lux Seminalis: Seeds of Light-- the Works of Gabriele Wilpers @ Patmos Art Center at the Community of Jesus |  |  |

Exhibit of the Works of Gabriele Wilpers
Patmos Art Center at the Community of Jesus
Nov. 5. 2-16 to Feb. 2, 2017Open Monday-Saturday (except Wednesday) 11am-5pm
and after Sunday Eucharist

Dec
7
Wed
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Dec 7 all-day

St. Ambrose was a bishop in Milan and a great hymn writer. This text for the hymn during the Monday service of Lauds is attributed to him:

O true Sun, descend,
sparkling with uninterrupted brightness;
O radiance of the Holy Spirit,
pour in upon our senses.

May this day pass joyfully:
let modesty be as the dawn,
faith as the noonday;
let the spirit not know dusk.

Dawn carries on its course;
let the dawn go forward to everything;
all the Son is in the Father,
and all the Father is in the Word. Amen.

Dec
8
Thu
Christmas Brown Organ Concert
Dec 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Christmas Brown Organ Concert @ Church of the Transfiguration |  |  |

The Organists at the Church Of The Transfiguration present two Christmas Brown Bag Organ Concerts on the majestic E.M. Skinner Organ. Celebrate the coming of Christmas with festive organ music, and a delicous lunch made by the Sisters of the Community of Jesus. Lunch at noon, concert at 1 pm. Admission to the concerts is free; lunch is only $12! Reserve your lunch by calling 508-240-2400.

Dec
9
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Every Friday

Tour of the Church followed by a demonstration of the E. M. Skinner Organ

Gabriel V Brass Christmas Concert
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Gabriel V Christmas Concert
December 9 & 10, 7:30PM
This Christmas, enjoy a festive evening concert with the Gabriel V Brass including classic favorites like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and The First Noel, as well as other celebratory works such as Salvation is Created by Chesnokov and Ding Dong Merrily on High by Rutter.
 

Tickets: 508-240-2400 or online at www.artsempoweringlife.org

Dec
10
Sat
Evensong
Dec 10 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

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.

Gabriel V Brass Christmas Concert
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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Gabriel V Christmas Concert
December 9 & 10, 7:30PM
This Christmas, enjoy a festive evening concert with the Gabriel V Brass including classic favorites like Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and The First Noel, as well as other celebratory works such as Salvation is Created by Chesnokov and Ding Dong Merrily on High by Rutter.

Tickets: 508-240-2400 or online at www.artsempoweringlife.org

Dec
11
Sun
Lauds
Dec 11 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am
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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.

Holy Eucharist
Dec 11 @ 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. The extensive liturgical convergence that has taken place among churches in recent decades – both in practice as well as in understanding – therefore is reflected in the Eucharistic life of the Community.

Dec
16
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Every Friday

Tour of the Church followed by a demonstration of the E. M. Skinner Organ

Dec
17
Sat
Evensong
Dec 17 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

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.

Dec
18
Sun
Lauds
Dec 18 @ 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.

Holy Eucharist
Dec 18 @ 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. The extensive liturgical convergence that has taken place among churches in recent decades – both in practice as well as in understanding – therefore is reflected in the Eucharistic life of the Community.

Dec
23
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Dec 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Every Friday

Tour of the Church followed by a demonstration of the E. M. Skinner Organ

Dec
24
Sat
Vigil of the Nativity
Dec 24 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
25
Sun
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
Dec 25 all-day
Lauds
Dec 25 @ 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.

Dec
26
Mon
Stephen, Deacon & Martyr
Dec 26 all-day

Stephen was the first person martyred for his Christian faith. He was dragged out of Jerusalem and stoned to death but his testimony bore much fruit. Saul, later called Paul, joined in condemning Stephen, but Stephen’s example of steadfast faith in Jesus and his prayer for forgiveness for his murderers found fruit in the mission and witness of Paul after his conversion. The Christian community in Jerusalem, fearful of the hostility of the Judean authorities, scattered. Thus, as a result of Stephen’s martyrdom, the gospel first began to spread beyond Jerusalem.