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.
If you wish to attain to true knowledge of the Scriptures, hasten to acquire first an unshakeable humility of heart. That alone will lead you, not to the knowledge that puffs up, but to that which enlightens, by the perfecting of love.
COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF ST. JAMES
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
“Here we have the story of Bartholomew and the other apostles, to assure us that we need not give up our usual manner of life in order to serve God. The most humble station in life is the means of maturing the highest Christian character, even that of an apostle. Bartholomew read the scriptures and prayed to God; and thus was trained at length to give up his life for Christ, when he demanded it.” –John Henry Newman
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
John Chrysostom was Patriarch of Constantinople in the late fourth century and early fifth century. As an ascetic and a monk he set about to reform the morally corrupt city. He was so effective that he was banished twice, and died in exile. John was given the name “Chrysostom,” which means “the golden-mouthed,” because he was one of the greatest preachers in the history of the church. People flocked to hear him. He was also the favorite saint of Mother Cay, one of our founders.
Feast of the Holy Cross – or Feast of the Veneration of the Holy Cross
The Feast of the Holy Cross is celebrated on September 14th. The cross on which Jesus died was initially thought to be simply an instrument of his crucifixion. But even in the days of the apostles the Cross (with a capital “C”) came to be a symbol of his death, and eventually of the Christian faith as a whole. It is the most common symbol of Christianity today—appearing in churches, on churches, in homes, in jewelry, in art.
St. Helen, the mother of Alexander the Great, is credited with discovering the original cross while she was directing excavation work in the Golgatha area of Jerusalem in the fourth century. From that time on, the Cross became a subject of veneration. So today we lift up the cross to honor Jesus, our Savior.