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.

Sep
21
Sat
Matthew, Apostle
Sep 21 all-day
Matthew, Apostle

Matthew, identified as Levi in the Gospels of Mark and Luke, was a tax collector who became one of the first disciples of Jesus. Matthew tells us that he was seated in the tax booth when Jesus called him. Immediately he left everything and followed Jesus. Tax collectors were viewed as collaborators with the dreaded Roman establishment. They were spurned as traitors and outcasts. Matthew was hardly the type of man that a devout Jew would have among his closest associates. He is an encouragement to us who tend to use our “unacceptability” as an excuse. Matthew wrote his Gospel specifically to reveal how Jesus “completed” the Jewish faith and how he fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.

Sep
30
Mon
Michael and All Angels (moved from 9/29)
Sep 30 all-day

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.

Vespers 5:30 pm

Oct
4
Fri
Francis of Assisi, Friar
Oct 4 all-day
Francis of Assisi, Friar

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.

Oct
8
Tue
Simeon
Oct 8 all-day
Oct
17
Thu
Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr
Oct 17 all-day
Oct
18
Fri
Luke, Evangelist
Oct 18 all-day
Nov
1
Fri
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all-day
Nov
11
Mon
Martin, Bishop of Tours
Nov 11 all-day
Nov
23
Sat
Clement of Rome
Nov 23 all-day
Nov
28
Thu
Thanksgiving Day
Nov 28 all-day
Nov
30
Sat
Andrew, Apostle
Nov 30 all-day
Dec
6
Fri
Nicholas, Bishop of Myra
Dec 6 all-day
Dec
7
Sat
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Dec 7 all-day
Dec
24
Tue
Vigil of the Nativity
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
25
Wed
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
26
Thu
Stephen, Deacon & Martyr
Dec 26 all-day
Dec
27
Fri
John, Apostle & Evangelist
Dec 27 all-day
Dec
28
Sat
Holy Innocents
Dec 28 all-day
Dec
29
Sun
First Sunday after Christmas
Dec 29 all-day