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.

Jun
28
Wed
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr
Jun 28 all-day
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

If theology is thinking about faith and arranging those thoughts in some systematic order, then Irenaeus has been righty recognized by both Catholics and Protestants as the first great systematic theologian. He was a third generation Christian, having been discipled by Polycarp who was discipled by John. He in turn took Christianity to Lyon in southern France.
Iraneaus’s enduring fame rests mainly on his large treatise, entitled Against Heresies. Here Irenaeus describes the major Gnostic systems thoroughly, clearly, and often with biting humor. This defense of Christianity has become a classic.

Jun
29
Thu
Peter & Paul, Apostles
Jun 29 all-day
Peter & Paul, Apostles

Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early church, are commemorated separately; Peter on January 18 for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25 for his dramatic conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in AD 64.

Jun
30
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jun 30 @ 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.

Jul
1
Sat
Vespers I
Jul 1 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 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.

Jul
2
Sun
Lauds
Jul 2 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am
Lauds @ Church of the Transfiguration

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
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Holy Eucharist
Jul 2 @ 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

Jul
7
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jul 7 @ 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.

Jul
8
Sat
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul
Jul 8 all-day
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul

What the Roman emperor Claudius meant for evil turned out for good for Priscilla and Aquila. They were living in Rome in 49 when Claudius expelled all the Jews because of a riot over a certain “Chrestus,” probably an allusion to Jewish arguments over Christ. Jewish Christians like Priscilla and Aquila were also forced to leave.

So the couple moved to Corinth, where they set up their tentmaking business. When Paul arrived, Priscilla and Aquila opened their home to him and invited him to work with them. The trio later worked and ministered together in Ephesus, which may be where Priscilla and Aquila “risked their necks” for Paul, possibly when he “fought with beasts at Ephesus.” Priscilla is sometimes pictured with two lions who refuse to attack her, lending credence to this tradition.

When Claudius died in 55, Priscilla and Aquila returned to Rome and again hosted a church in their home, to whom Paul sent greetings in his letter to the Romans. A tradition of the sixth century claims that the Roman church “Prisca” on the Aventine Hill stands over their original house-church.

Vespers I
Jul 8 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 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.

Jul
9
Sun
Lauds
Jul 9 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am
Lauds @ Church of the Transfiguration

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
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

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

Holy Eucharist
Jul 9 @ 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

Jul
14
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jul 14 @ 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.

Jul
15
Sat
Vespers I
Jul 15 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 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.