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.
“There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
Visit an exhibit of the work of Gabriele Wilpers and her Lumen Christi students at Patmos Art Center now through May 28th. The artists explored the beauty of accident and chance through the values of Japanese Kintsugi technique in a hands-on workshop, creating acrylic-based panel paintings in combination with other materials such as sand, marble powder, crackle finish, and gold leaf.
At the age of seven, Bede’s parents brought him to the local monastery at Jarrow (near Durham in northeast England) for his education. He later wrote, “spending all the remaining time of my life . . . I wholly applied myself to the study of Scripture, and amidst the observance of regular discipline, and the daily care of singing in the church, I always took delight in learning, teaching, and writing.” Bede was the greatest scholar of his time in the Western church. He consulted many documents, carefully evaluated their reliability, cited his sources, and left us with definitive histories of the church, commentaries, and biographies of monastic leaders of his day.
Justin was born into a Greek-speaking, pagan family in about ad 110 near Shechem in Samaria. He studied Greek and became a philosopher. He was dramatically converted to Christ and became the first Christian philosopher to attempt to reconcile the claims of faith and reason. Justin is primarily known for his writings in defense of his new faith. While teaching in Rome, he engaged in philosophical debates. As a result, he was brought before the prefect Rusticus and told to recant his faith. When Justin refused, he and his companions were beheaded, and he became known as Justin, the martyr—or Justin Martyr.
Organists at the Church of the Transfiguration offer a concert focused on the theme, a Celebration of Beauty. Featuring works by DeGrigny, Albright and Sowerby, this concert will be performed on the “overwhelmingly breathtaking” E.M. Skinner Organ by Dr. SharonRose Pfeiffer, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. David Chalmers, graduates of Eastman School of Music, and artists-in-residence at the Church of The Transfiguration. This powerful instrument, restored by Nelson Barden of Boston, is comprised of seventeen different 20th Century E.M. Skinner organs, and is the only one in the world with its particular surround-sound configuration. Consistent with the artwork in the Church, the rich variety of sounds and voices it can create give it the ability to “speak” a multitude of musical languages in prayer and praise to God.
Tickets: 508-240-2400 or www.gdaf.org
Columba was an Irish monk who for thirty years was abbot of Iona on the small island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. He was first a missionary in Ireland where he founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Columba and his companions then sailed to Scotland and founded Iona which became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona Columba’s disciples founded missionary centers throughout Scotland and northern England—Lindisfarne being the most famous of these.
Barnabas, the name given by the apostles to Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus, means “son of encouragement.” What an appropriate name! Barnabas encouraged Saul after his conversion and was the instrument God used to reconcile Paul with the leaders of the church that he had persecuted. He took young Saul/Paul under his wing and invited him to Antioch to lead the church in that city with him. He was the leader on Paul’s first missionary journey. When Mark, also traveling with them, had a fall-out with Paul and left the trip, Barnabas took young Mark and encouraged him back into service. Barnabas modeled the gift of encouragement—much needed in the church of God.