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.

Mar
19
Tue
Joseph, Husband of Mary
Mar 19 all-day

Joseph accepted the responsibility of protecting Mary and being a father to Jesus in the face of circumstances that would distress even a man of such faith and obedience as he was. He is honored for the nurturing care and protection he provided for the infant Jesus and his mother, in taking them to Egypt to escape Herod, and in raising Jesus as a faithful Jew in Nazareth. He is considered the patron saint of the working man, because he not only worked with his hands, but taught his trade to his son.

Mar
24
Sun
Third Sunday in Lent
Mar 24 all-day
Mar
25
Mon
Annunciation of the Lord
Mar 25 all-day

“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women. Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:28, 30‒33)

Mar
31
Sun
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Mar 31 all-day
Apr
2
Tue
Mary of Egypt, Ascetic
Apr 2 all-day
Apr
7
Sun
Fifth Sunday in Lent
Apr 7 all-day
Apr
14
Sun
Palm Sunday / Sunday of the Passion
Apr 14 all-day
Apr
18
Thu
Maundy Thursday
Apr 18 all-day
Apr
19
Fri
Good Friday
Apr 19 all-day
Apr
20
Sat
Holy Saturday
Apr 20 all-day
Apr
21
Sun
The Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
Apr 21 all-day
Apr
25
Thu
Mark, Evangelist
Apr 25 all-day
Mark, Evangelist

Although Mark was not one of the original twelve, he was a disciple of Jesus. He joined Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, but left early. So Paul refused to take him on his second journey. Instead, Mark went with Barnabas to Cyprus. He was later reconciled with Paul, and became a good friend of Peter. The church of Alexandria claimed Mark as its first bishop and most famous martyr. St. Mark’s Church in Venice commemorates Mark, and he is buried there beneath the altar.

May
2
Thu
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria
May 2 all-day
Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria

Rarely in the history of the church has the course of its development been more significantly determined by one person than it was by Athanasius in the fourth century, when the great statements of our faith were formulated. St. Basil the Great said he was “the God-given physician of the church’s wounds.”
At the Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325 Athanasius became the champion for the orthodox faith, defending it against the Arians and was successful in winning approval for the phrase in the Nicene Creed—“of one Being with the Father,” which continues to be recognized as the definitive statement of Christ’s divinity.

May
3
Fri
Philip & James, Apostles
May 3 all-day
Philip & James, Apostles

The two apostles commemorated today are among those less well known. We have only a few references to them in the Gospels. This James is often referred to as James the Less in order to distinguish him from James, the son of Zebedee and from James “The brother of the Lord,” or perhaps to indicate youth or lack of stature.
Philip had the gift of raising issues that were in everyone’s mind. He questioned Jesus about how he was going to feed the 5000, with no money to buy food. At the Last Supper Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father. He was not the only one who missed that seeing Jesus was the same as seeing his Father.

May
14
Tue
Matthias, Apostle
May 14 all-day
May
15
Wed
Matthias, Apostle
May 15 all-day

In the nine days of waiting between Jesus’s ascension and the day of Pentecost, the disciples remained together in prayer. During this time, Peter reminded them that the death of Judas had left the fellowship of the Twelve with a vacancy. Two men were nominated, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. After prayer, the disciples cast lots, and Matthias was chosen to join them. And with that, Matthias disappears from recorded history.

Pachomius, Abbot in Egypt
May 15 all-day

In the nine days of waiting between Jesus’s ascension and the day of Pentecost, the disciples remained together in prayer. During this time, Peter reminded them that the death of Judas had left the fellowship of the Twelve with a vacancy. Two men were nominated, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. After prayer, the disciples cast lots, and Matthias was chosen to join them. And with that, Matthias disappears from recorded history.

May
25
Sat
Bede, Priest and Monk
May 25 all-day
May
30
Thu
The Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ
May 30 all-day
Jun
1
Sat
Justin, Martyr at Rome
Jun 1 all-day
Justin, Martyr at Rome

Justin was born into a Greek-speaking, pagan family in about AD 110 near Shechem in Samaria. He studied Greek and became a philosopher. He was dramatically converted to Christ and became the first Christian philosopher to attempt to reconcile the claims of faith and reason. Justin is primarily known for his writings in defense of his new faith. While teaching in Rome, he engaged in philosophical debates. As a result, he was brought before the prefect Rusticus and told to recant his faith. When Justin refused, he and his companions were beheaded, and he became known as Justin, the martyr—or Justin Martyr.