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
17
Thu
Antony, Monk in Egypt
Jan 17 all-day
Jan
18
Fri
Confession of Peter
Jan 18 all-day
Jan
21
Mon
Agnes, Martyr at Rome
Jan 21 all-day
Jan
25
Fri
Conversion of Paul
Jan 25 all-day
Jan
26
Sat
Timothy & Titus, Companions of Paul
Jan 26 all-day
Jan
31
Thu
Marcella, Widow & Martyr
Jan 31 all-day
Feb
2
Sat
The Presentation of the Lord
Feb 2 all-day
Feb
11
Mon
Scholastica (moved from 2/10)
Feb 11 all-day
Feb
14
Thu
Cyril & Methodius,Missionaries
Feb 14 all-day
Feb
23
Sat
Polycarp, Bishop & Martyr
Feb 23 all-day
Mar
6
Wed
Ash Wednesday
Mar 6 all-day
Mar
7
Thu
Perpetua, Felicity, & companions, Martyrs at Carthage
Mar 7 all-day
Perpetua, Felicity, & companions, Martyrs at Carthage

Perpetua was a young widow, mother of an infant and owner of several slaves, including Felicity. Together they were catechumens preparing for baptism.
In 202 AD, Emperor Septimius Severus decreed that all persons should sacrifice to the divinity of the emperor. There was no way that a Christian, confessing faith in one Lord Jesus Christ, could do this. Perpetua and Felicity were arrested and held in prison. At the public hearing before the proconsul, Perpetua refused even the pleas of her father, saying “I am a Christian.” They were sent to the arena in Carthage and given to the wild beasts.
Before she died, Perpetua cried out to the other Christians “Stand fast in the faith and love one another, and do not let what we suffer be a stumbling block to you.”
Thus we have the account of the first women martyrs on our calendar of saints.

Mar
10
Sun
First Sunday in Lent
Mar 10 all-day
Mar
12
Tue
Gregory the Great
Mar 12 all-day
Mar
17
Sun
Second Sunday in Lent
Mar 17 all-day
Mar
19
Tue
Joseph, Husband of Mary
Mar 19 all-day

Joseph accepted the responsibility of protecting Mary and being a father to Jesus in the face of circumstances that would distress even a man of such faith and obedience as he was. He is honored for the nurturing care and protection he provided for the infant Jesus and his mother, in taking them to Egypt to escape Herod, and in raising Jesus as a faithful Jew in Nazareth. He is considered the patron saint of the working man, because he not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to his son.

Mar
24
Sun
Third Sunday in Lent
Mar 24 all-day
Mar
25
Mon
Annunciation of the Lord
Mar 25 all-day

“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:28, 30‒33)

Mar
31
Sun
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Mar 31 all-day
Apr
2
Tue
Mary of Egypt, Ascetic
Apr 2 all-day