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.

Jan
5
Thu
Lux Seminalis: Seeds of Light – the Works of Gabriele Wilpers
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm
Lux Seminalis: Seeds of Light - the Works of Gabriele Wilpers

Through glass sculpture, found objects and paint, Lux Seminalis or Seeds of Light, helps us to explore what is cracked, burned and broken and allows these breaks to let the light in.The centerpiece of the exhibit is a series of small glass window studies, later used in a full scale glass installation, Stations of the CrossWindows from the Catholic Church of St. Valentin in Limbach/Baden, Germany. 

Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm (closed on Wednesdays)

Jan
17
Tue
Anthony of Egypt
Jan 17 all-day
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St. Antony of Egypt (251‒356!!) is considered to be the father of Christian monasticism. As a wealthy young man he heard God’s call through the words of Jesus to the rich young ruler, “Go, sell all that you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Without hesitating, young Antony obeyed. He arranged for his younger sister to be cared for, sold his possessions, gave his money to the poor, and went out into the Egyptian desert to live as a hermit.
After years of surviving through a disciplined prayer life, manual labor, and reading in solitude, word of his holy life spread throughout the desert and beyond. Even emperors sought him out for advice, and a community of monks gathered to take advantage of Antony’s wisdom and pioneering example.

Jan
18
Wed
Confession of Peter
Jan 18 all-day
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The feast of the Confession of Peter is celebrated on January 18th marking the beginning of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. This Octave concludes on January 25th with the Feast of the Conversion of Paul, also the most notable event of his life.
The confession of Peter is the watershed moment in the Gospel narrative, most completely recorded in Matthew 16. Here Peter becomes the first person to confess that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the Living God,” and Jesus replies that “upon this rock I will build my church.”

Today we join Peter and all Christians everywhere in hailing Jesus as our God, Lord, and Savior.

Jan
20
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jan 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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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.

Jan
21
Sat
Agnes, Martyr at Rome
Jan 21 all-day

Agnes is one of the most popular and universally accepted martyrs of fourth-century Rome. Although little is known about her life, her feast day was celebrated in both the East and the West from early times.
Agnes is often portrayed as a young girl with a lamb at her feet or in her arms, because her name, Agnes, is so similar to the Latin word for lamb, agnus.

She reminds us that a young person can have strong faith and refuse to give in to the pressures of society. She encourages us all to stand so sure on the truth of what God has said to us that no challenge can move us.

Jan
22
Sun
Lauds
Jan 22 @ 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.www.churchofthetransfiguration.org/worship/liturgy-of-the-hours/

Holy Eucharist
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
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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

Jan
25
Wed
Conversion of Paul
Jan 25 all-day

A few years after the resurrection of Jesus, Saul came in contact with this new Christian movement, and immediately became one of the most fanatical of those who were determined to stamp out this “dangerous heresy.” He was on his way to Damascus to lead in further persecution of the Christians there, when his dramatic conversion took place.
From that day, Saul devoted his life totally to Christ, and especially to the conversion of the Gentiles. The book of Acts describes the courage and determination with which Saul (now Paul) planted Christian churches over much of the Roman Empire.

We began the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity with a recognition of Peter. We now conclude it with a feast day honoring Paul, for the remarkable way in which he, too, responded to the call of Christ on his life.

Jan
26
Thu
Feast of the Timothy and Titus – Companions of Paul
Jan 26 all-day

As companions of Paul, Timothy and Titus are commemorated together close to the feast of Paul’s conversion. Paul several times mentions their youth, while entrusting them with great responsibilities, a reminder that faithfulness, care and the love of Christ, not age, are the important qualities for Christian witness.

Jan
27
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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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.

Jan
29
Sun
Lauds
Jan 29 @ 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.www.churchofthetransfiguration.org/worship/liturgy-of-the-hours/

Holy Eucharist
Jan 29 @ 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

Feb
2
Thu
Presentation of the Lord (Candelmas)
Feb 2 all-day

When Mary placed the baby Jesus in the arms of Simeon, it was the meeting of the Old and New Covenants. The old sacrifices, the burnt offerings were done away, and a new and perfect offering had come into the temple. God had provided himself a Lamb. The offering was to be made once for all on the cross.

According to the Gospel narrative today’s feast is sometimes known as the Purification of Mary. In the Eastern Church it has been called the Meeting of Christ with Simeon. It is also known as Candlemas, because it was observed with a procession of lighted candles. Such a variety of names points to the wealth of spiritual meaning that generations of Christians have discovered in this “small” incident.

Feb
3
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Feb 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.