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.

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.

Dec
7
Fri
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
Dec 7 all-day

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.

Dec
9
Sun
2nd Sunday of Advent
Dec 9 all-day
Dec
16
Sun
3rd Sunday of Advent
Dec 16 all-day
Dec
23
Sun
4th Sunday of Advent
Dec 23 all-day
Dec
24
Mon
Vigil of the Nativity
Dec 24 all-day

“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!

Dec
25
Tue
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
26
Wed
Stephen. Deacon and Martyr
Dec 26 all-day

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

Dec
27
Thu
John, Apostle & Evangelist
Dec 27 all-day

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.

Dec
28
Fri
The Holy Innocents
Dec 28 all-day

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.”

Dec
30
Sun
The Lord’s Day — First Sunday after Christmas
Dec 30 all-day
Jan
2
Wed
Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa & Gregory Nazianzus
Jan 2 all-day
Jan
6
Sun
Feast of the Epiphany
Jan 6 all-day
Jan
13
Sun
Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Jan 13 all-day
Jan
17
Thu
Antony, Monk in Egypt
Jan 17 all-day