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
23
Sun
Week 25 of Ordinary Time
Sep 23 all-day
Sep
30
Sun
Week 26 of Ordinary Time
Sep 30 all-day
Oct
4
Thu
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
7
Sun
Week 27 of Ordinary Time
Oct 7 all-day
Oct
8
Mon
Simeon
Oct 8 all-day

What we know of Simeon comes only from the account in the Gospel of Luke when he took the infant Jesus in his arms in the temple in Jerusalem and spoke the words that are known to us as the Nunc Dimitis. Luke tells us that he was a “just and devout man who awaited the consolation of Israel.” The Holy Spirit had revealed to him that he would not see death before he had seen the Messiah.

Oct
14
Sun
Week 28 of Ordinary Time
Oct 14 all-day
Oct
17
Wed
Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr
Oct 17 all-day

The feast of Ignatius is celebrated on October 17th. Ignatius was a lesser-known saint of the second or third generation of Christians in Antioch, until he became the third bishop in that city. We know him as a joy-filled martyr in Rome and from a number of his letters written to the churches along his route from Antioch to Rome. We still have these letters today. They reveal a man so passionately devoted to Jesus Christ that his greatest desire was to be martyred for his Lord.

Oct
18
Thu
Luke, Evangelist
Oct 18 all-day

The feast of St. Luke is celebrated on October 18th. Luke was a beloved Gospel writer, a physician, a Gentile, and a traveler with Paul on his second and third missionary journeys. He wrote the book of Acts and interjects his presence when the pronoun he (Paul) suddenly changes to we without explanation. He writes as if he was an apostle, but we have no record that he actually met Jesus. It appears that he received some of the information unique to his Gospel from spending time with the Blessed Mother.

Oct
21
Sun
Week 29 of Ordinary Time
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
28
Sun
Week 30 of Ordinary Time
Oct 28 all-day
Oct
29
Mon
Simon & Jude, Apostles
Oct 29 all-day

The feast of St. Simon and St. Jude is celebrated on October 28th. Simon and Jude are comparatively unknown except they are included in the Gospel lists of the apostles. Simon is identified as a Cananean and a zealot, which means he was strict keeper of the law, most likely from Cana. Jude, or Thaddeus as he is sometimes listed, identifies himself as the brother of James and is not to be confused with Judas Iscariot. Simon and Jude are linked because tradition tells us that they were both missionaries to Persia and were martyred there together. It is encouraging that unknown Jude is the most often prayed to saint today, because he is the patron saint of hopeless causes and the namesake of the famous St. Jude’s Children Hospitals.

Nov
1
Thu
All Saints
Nov 1 all-day
Nov
4
Sun
Week 31 of Ordinary Time
Nov 4 all-day
Nov
11
Sun
Week 32 of Ordinary Time
Nov 11 all-day
Nov
18
Sun
Week 33 of Ordinary Time
Nov 18 all-day
Nov
23
Fri
Clement of Rome
Nov 23 all-day

Clement was a disciple of the apostles and the third bishop of Rome. He was known for his pastoral letters.

He wrote: “The strong must make sure that they care for the weak. The rich must be certain to give enough to supply all the needs of the poor. The poor must thank God for supplying their needs. We all need each other: the great need the small, the small need the great.”

He prayed: “O God, make us children of quietness, and heirs of peace.”

Nov
25
Sun
Christ in Glory–Week 34 of Ordinary Time
Nov 25 all-day
Nov
30
Fri
Andrew, Apostle
Nov 30 all-day

The importance of second place
“Simon Peter’s brother” is the phrase most often used to identify Andrew.”
Peter was a powerful personality and a natural leader whose activity and comments take a prominent position in the NT. Andrew receives mention in only a few places But it was Andrew who brought Peter to Jesus. Andrew’s only concern seems to have been in serving Jesus Christ.”

from Butler’s Lives of the Saints

Dec
2
Sun
1st Sunday of Advent
Dec 2 all-day
Dec
6
Thu
Nicholas, Bishop of Myra
Dec 6 all-day

St. Nicholas is one of the most popular of saints. He is widely recognized as the patron saint of children and of sailors. He is also the patron saint of Russia. But all we know about him historically is that he was a third-century bishop of the Greek city of Myra. An American mis-translation of the Dutch form of St. Nicholas (Sinter Klaus) became our Santa Claus who came to be associated with giving gifts at Christmas time.