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.

Jun
9
Tue
Columba of Iona
Jun 9 all-day
Columba of Iona

Columba was an Irish monk who for thirty years was abbot of Iona on the small island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. He was first a missionary in Ireland where he founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Columba and his companions then sailed to Scotland and founded Iona which became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona Columba’s disciples founded missionary centers throughout Scotland and northern England—Lindisfarne being the most famous of these.

Columba of Iona, Abbot
Jun 9 all-day

Columba was an Irish monk who for thirty years was abbot of Iona on the small island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. He was first a missionary in Ireland where he founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Columba and his companions then sailed to Scotland and founded Iona which became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona Columba’s disciples founded missionary centers throughout Scotland and northern England—Lindisfarne being the most famous of these.

Jun
11
Thu
Barnabas, Companion of Paul
Jun 11 all-day
Jun
14
Sun
Dedication of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jun 14 all-day
Jun
24
Wed
Nativity of John the Baptist
Jun 24 all-day

John the Baptist, the prophet and forerunner of Jesus, was the son of elderly parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and was related to Jesus on his mother’s side. His birth is celebrated six months before Christmas Day, because, according to Luke, Elizabeth became pregnant six months before the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.
Although John figures prominently in all four Gospel accounts, only Luke tells us of his birth. Zechariah, a priest of the Temple at Jerusalem was struck speechless because he doubted a vision foretelling John’s birth. When his speech was restored, Zechariah uttered a canticle of praise, the Benedictus, which is sung at Lauds.

Jun
29
Mon
Peter & Paul, Apostles
Jun 29 all-day

Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early church, are commemorated separately; Peter on January 18 for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25 for his dramatic conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in AD 64.

Jul
3
Fri
Thomas, Apostle
Jul 3 all-day
Thomas, Apostle

Gospel Canticle Antiphon “Quia Vidisti me”
Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and have believed, alleluia.

Jul
8
Wed
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul
Jul 8 all-day
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul

Saints Aquila and Priscilla were a Jewish couple from Rome who had been exiled to Corinth, and were friends of St. Paul in the first century. They hosted St. Paul on his visit to that city and were probably converted by him. Their friend Paul calls them “my helpers in Christ, who have for my life laid down their own necks” (Romans 16:3-4).

Jul
11
Sat
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot
Jul 11 all-day
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot

Benedict is considered to be the father of western monasticism. Living during the fifth and sixth centuries, Benedict founded a monastery at Monte Cassino in southern Italy, which was to become the mother house for Benedictines in the centuries that followed. (Benedictine monasticism was one of the great stabilizing forces in preserving Western civilization during the dark ages.) Benedict’s greater legacy, however, was his practical and moderate Rule which still guides Benedictine houses today.

Jul
22
Wed
Mary Magdalene
Jul 22 all-day

“The story of Mary Magdalene reminds everyone of a fundamental truth: She is a disciple of Christ who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him, and has followed him closely, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love, which is stronger than sin and death”
Pope Benedict XVI (2006)

Jul
23
Thu
John Cassian, Abbot
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
25
Sat
James (the Great), Apostle
Jul 25 all-day
James (the Great), Apostle

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.

Jul
29
Wed
Mary, Martha, & Lazarus of Bethany
Jul 29 all-day

Mary and Martha and their brother, Lazarus, lived in Bethany and were close friends of Jesus. He often went to their home and happily received their hospitality. There he raised Lazarus from the dead. There Mary anointed Jesus’s feet with fragrant ointment to prepare him for his death and burial. Another time when Jesus was there for dinner, Martha busied herself with all the details of preparing the meal while Mary sat at Jesus’s feet. From this Martha has become the symbol of the active Christian life and Mary the symbol of the contemplative life.

Aug
2
Sun
The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ
Aug 2 all-day
Aug
10
Mon
Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr of Rome
Aug 10 all-day
Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr of Rome

Martyred in Rome in 258 AD

From the Hymn to St. Lawrence (Lauds)
When Lawrence was led out to die,
Love made him prodigal of life,
No armor would he use but faith
Against the persecutor’s strife.

Aug
15
Sat
The Dormition of Mary
Aug 15 all-day
Aug
24
Mon
Bartholomew, Apostle
Aug 24 all-day

“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

Aug
27
Thu
Monica, Married Woman and Mother
Aug 27 all-day
Aug
28
Fri
Augustine, Bishop
Aug 28 all-day
Aug
29
Sat
Beheading of John the Baptist
Aug 29 all-day