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.
Longing for Eden
Exhibit of the works of Delro Rosco
August 6 – September 30
Patmos Art Center
Open Monday-Saturday (except Wednesday) 11am-5pm
and after Sunday Eucharist
A series inspired by biblical scripture about the Garden of Eden and beauty found and experienced in nature. The works are explorations about natural creation, diminishing goodness and a longing to return to that ideal reality.
The feast of the archangel Michael is held on September 29th. He is the great leader of the heavenly hosts and represents the victorious heavenly powers. Four times he is mentioned by name in Scripture; twice in Daniel where he fights on behalf of God’s people against the forces of evil, once in Jude where he disputes with the devil over the body of Moses, and once in Revelation where he leads the hosts of heaven in victory over the dragon and his forces and throws them out of heaven.
He has long been regarded as the helper of Christian armies against the heathen, and as the protector of individual Christians again the devil. Thus, he is usually depicted with a sword standing over or fighting with a dragon.
Numerous churches are dedicated to him, including Mont-Saint-Michael, the monastery fortress off the coast of Normandy.
Jerome was the foremost biblical scholar of the ancient church. His greatest achievement was the translation of the entire Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek texts into Latin, known as the Vulgate version. Along with his commentaries and homilies on biblical books, this made him a major intellectual force in the Western church. Jerome was born in northern Italy in 347 and was converted and baptized during his student days in Rome. He was secretary to Pope Damascus and spiritual director of many noble Roman ladies who were interested in monastic life. Upon leaving Rome he established a monastery at Bethlehem, where he lived and worked until his death in 420.
All are invited to meet artist Sr. Faith Riccio, CJ at the launch of her new book, “Icons: The Essential Collection” at Priory Books & Gifts at the Community of Jesus. “Icons: The Essential Collection” is a book about approaching and praying with icons every day, with over 60 full color images of Sr. Faith’s icons, each paired with a scripture and an inspirational word. Experience how these beautiful icons help us live a good life, what they have to offer, what they did for Sr. Faith, and what they can do for you.
Francis was born in 1182, the son of a wealthy merchant of Assisi. His early youth was spent in harmless revelry and fruitless attempts to win military glory. He soon gave this up for a life of poverty, joyfully and literally following the sayings of Jesus. When Jesus spoke to him from a cross in the neglected chapel of San Damiano and told him to go build up His house, Frances took this to mean repairing the chapel. Over time he realized that God was speaking about the larger Church. He founded the Franciscan Order and devoted himself and his order to serving the poor. Not long before his death he received the marks of Jesus’ wounds, the stigmata, in his own hands, feet and side. He was canonized in 1228 and the great basilica of St. Francis was built over his tomb in Assisi. His great love of nature and for animals led the church to make him the patron saint of animals.
What we know of Simeon comes only from the account in the Gospel of Luke when he took the infant Jesus in his arms in the temple in Jerusalem and spoke the words that are known to us as the Nunc Dimitis. Luke tells us that he was a “just and devout man who awaited the consolation of Israel.” The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Messiah.