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.
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.”
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
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.
St. Ambrose was a bishop in Milan and a great hymn writer. This text for the hymn during the Monday service of Lauds is attributed to him:
O true Sun, descend,
sparkling with uninterrupted brightness;
O radiance of the Holy Spirit,
pour in upon our senses.
May this day pass joyfully:
let modesty be as the dawn,
faith as the noonday;
let the spirit not know dusk.
Dawn carries on its course;
let the dawn go forward to everything;
all the Son is in the Father,
and all the Father is in the Word. Amen.
“A Boy is Born in Bethlehem. Rejoice for that Jerusalem. Alleluia!” (Puer natus est)
All are welcome to join us on Christmas Eve for a candle-lit Eucharist service!
Stephen was the first person martyred for his Christian faith. He was dragged out of Jerusalem and stoned to death but his testimony bore much fruit. Saul, later called Paul, joined in condemning Stephen, but Stephen’s example of steadfast faith in Jesus and his prayer for forgiveness for his murderers found fruit in the mission and witness of Paul after his conversion. The Christian community in Jerusalem, fearful of the hostility of the Judean authorities, scattered. Thus, as a result of Stephen’s martyrdom, the gospel first began to spread beyond Jerusalem
It is commonly understood that John was the “disciple whom Jesus loved.” He clearly enjoyed a special relationship with his Lord, reclining close to Jesus at the Last Supper, receiving the care of Jesus’s mother at the cross, and being the first to understand the truth of the empty tomb. Yet at the end of his life, on the island of Patmos, John also saw Jesus in his glory and recorded his great vision in the Revelation to John.
This is a tragic event in the history of God’s people. It is also referred to as “The Slaughter of the Innocents.” The Wise Men reported to King Herod that they were searching for the infant king of the Jews. This threatened Herod. To protect himself against being supplanted by this infant, Herod ordered the slaughter of all male children under two years of age in Bethlehem and the surrounding region. No one knows who or how many were killed, so the Church honors them as a group of martyrs. Augustine of Hippo called them “buds killed by the frost of persecution the moment they showed themselves.”