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.

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
Sep
8
Tue
Nativity of Mary
Sep 8 all-day
Sep
14
Mon
Holy Cross
Sep 14 all-day
Sep
21
Mon
Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Sep 21 all-day

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
Wed
Michael and All Angels (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
3
Sat
Francis of Assisi, Friar (from 10/4)
Oct 3 all-day

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
4
Sun
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
Thu
Simeon
Oct 8 all-day
Oct
17
Sat
Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop & Martyr
Oct 17 all-day
Oct
18
Sun
Luke, Evangelist
Oct 18 all-day
Oct
19
Mon
Luke, Evangelist (from 10/18)
Oct 19 all-day
Oct
28
Wed
Simon & Jude, Apostles
Oct 28 all-day
Nov
1
Sun
All Saints Day
Nov 1 all-day
Nov
11
Wed
Martin, Bishop of Tours
Nov 11 all-day
Nov
18
Wed
Hilda, Abbess of Whitby
Nov 18 all-day
Nov
23
Mon
Clement, Bishop of Rome
Nov 23 all-day