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.

Dec
16
Sun
3rd Sunday of Advent
Dec 16 all-day
Dec
21
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Dec 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Friday 3 -4 pmThe Church of the Transfiguration offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). On Fridays, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Dec
23
Sun
4th Sunday of Advent
Dec 23 all-day
Holy Eucharist
Dec 23 @ 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

Dec
24
Mon
Vigil of the Nativity
Dec 24 all-day

“A Boy is Born in Bethlehem. Rejoice for that Jerusalem. Alleluia!” (Puer natus est)

All are welcome to join us on Christmas Eve for a candle-lit Eucharist service!

Dec
25
Tue
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
26
Wed
Stephen. Deacon and 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

Dec
27
Thu
John, Apostle & Evangelist
Dec 27 all-day

It is commonly understood that John was the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” He clearly enjoyed a special relationship with his Lord, reclining close to Jesus at the Last Supper, receiving the care of Jesus’s mother at the cross, and being the first to understand the truth of the empty tomb. Yet at the end of his life, on the island of Patmos, John also saw Jesus in his glory and recorded his great vision in the Revelation to John.

Dec
28
Fri
The Holy Innocents
Dec 28 all-day

This is a tragic event in the history of God’s people. It is also referred to as “The Slaughter of the Innocents.” The Wise Men reported to King Herod that they were searching for the infant king of the Jews. This threatened Herod. To protect himself against being supplanted by this infant, Herod ordered the slaughter of all male children under two years of age in Bethlehem and the surrounding region. No one knows who or how many were killed, so the Church honors them as a group of martyrs. Augustine of Hippo called them “buds killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves.”

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Dec 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Friday 3 -4 pmThe Church of the Transfiguration offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). On Fridays, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Dec
30
Sun
The Lord’s Day — First Sunday after Christmas
Dec 30 all-day
Jan
2
Wed
Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa & Gregory Nazianzus
Jan 2 all-day
Jan
4
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jan 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Friday 3 -4 pmThe Church of the Transfiguration offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). On Fridays, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Jan
6
Sun
Feast of the Epiphany
Jan 6 all-day
Lauds
Jan 6 @ 9:15 am – 9:45 am

The 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.

Holy Eucharist
Jan 6 @ 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

Jan
11
Fri
Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jan 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Tour of the Church of the Transfiguration
Friday 3 -4 pmThe Church of the Transfiguration offers guided tours every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (closed Wednesday). On Fridays, enjoy a demonstration on the landmark E.M. Skinner organ. To learn more about the Church please visit www.churchofthetransfiguration.org.

Jan
12
Sat
Evensong
Jan 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

The Liturgy of the Hours is a form of communal prayer that marks the passing of time—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.

Vespers I
Jan 12 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

The Liturgy of the Hours is a form of communal prayer that marks the passing of time—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.

Jan
13
Sun
Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Jan 13 all-day