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.

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.

Peter & Paul, Apostles
Jun 1 all-day

Peter and Paul, the two greatest leaders of the early church, are commemorated separately; Peter on January 18 for his confession of Jesus as the Messiah, and Paul on January 25 for his dramatic conversion. They are commemorated together on June 29 in observance of the tradition of the church that they both died as martyrs in Rome during the persecution under Nero in AD 64.

Jun
5
Wed
Boniface, Missionary & Martyr
Jun 5 all-day
Boniface, Missionary & Martyr

Barnabas, the name given by the apostles to Joseph, a Levite born in Cyprus, means “son of encouragement.” What an appropriate name! Barnabas encouraged Saul after his conversion and was the instrument God used to reconcile Paul with the leaders of the church that he had persecuted. He took young Saul/Paul under his wing and invited him to Antioch to lead the church in that city with him. He was the leader on Paul’s first missionary journey. When Mark, also traveling with them, had a fall-out with Paul and left the trip, Barnabas took young Mark and encouraged him back into service. Barnabas modeled the gift of encouragement—much needed in the church of God.

Jun
9
Sun
Columba of Iona
Jun 9 all-day
Columba of Iona

Columba was an Irish monk who for thirty years was abbot of Iona on the small island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. He was first a missionary in Ireland where he founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Columba and his companions then sailed to Scotland and founded Iona which became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona Columba’s disciples founded missionary centers throughout Scotland and northern England—Lindisfarne being the most famous of these.

Pentecost
Jun 9 all-day

Columba was an Irish monk who for thirty years was abbot of Iona on the small island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. He was first a missionary in Ireland where he founded monasteries at Derry, Durrow, and Kells. Columba and his companions then sailed to Scotland and founded Iona which became the center for the conversion of the Picts. From Iona Columba’s disciples founded missionary centers throughout Scotland and northern England—Lindisfarne being the most famous of these.

Jun
11
Tue
Barnabas, Apostle
Jun 11 all-day
Jun
16
Sun
Dedication of the Church of the Transfiguration
Jun 16 all-day
Jun
24
Mon
Nativity of John the Baptist
Jun 24 all-day

John the Baptist, the prophet and forerunner of Jesus, was the son of elderly parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, and was related to Jesus on his mother’s side. His birth is celebrated six months before Christmas Day, because, according to Luke, Elizabeth became pregnant six months before the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary.
Although John figures prominently in all four Gospel accounts, only Luke tells us of his birth. Zechariah, a priest of the Temple at Jerusalem was struck speechless because he doubted a vision foretelling John’s birth. When his speech was restored, Zechariah uttered a canticle of praise, the Benedictus, which is sung at Lauds.

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Jun
28
Fri
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr
Jun 28 all-day
Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

If theology is thinking about faith and arranging those thoughts in some systematic order, then Irenaeus has been righty recognized by both Catholics and Protestants as the first great systematic theologian. He was a third generation Christian, having been discipled by Polycarp who was discipled by John. He in turn took Christianity to Lyon in southern France.
Iraneaus’s enduring fame rests mainly on his large treatise, entitled Against Heresies. Here Irenaeus describes the major Gnostic systems thoroughly, clearly, and often with biting humor. This defense of Christianity has become a classic.

Jul
1
Mon
Mary, Martha, & Lazarus of Bethany
Jul 1 all-day

Mary and Martha and their brother, Lazarus, lived in Bethany and were close friends of Jesus. He often went to their home and happily received their hospitality. There he raised Lazarus from the dead. There Mary anointed Jesus’s feet with fragrant ointment to prepare him for his death and burial. Another time when Jesus was there for dinner, Martha busied herself with all the details of preparing the meal while Mary sat at Jesus’s feet. From this Martha has become the symbol of the active Christian life and Mary the symbol of the contemplative life.

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Jul
3
Wed
Thomas, Apostle
Jul 3 all-day
Thomas, Apostle

Gospel Canticle Antiphon “Quia Vidisti me”
Because you have seen me, Thomas, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and have believed, alleluia.

Jul
8
Mon
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul
Jul 8 all-day
Aquila & Priscilla, Companions of Paul

Saints Aquila and Priscilla were a Jewish couple from Rome who had been exiled to Corinth, and were friends of St. Paul in the first century. They hosted St. Paul on his visit to that city and were probably converted by him. Their friend Paul calls them “my helpers in Christ, who have for my life laid down their own necks” (Romans 16:3-4).

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Jul
11
Thu
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot
Jul 11 all-day
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot

Benedict is considered to be the father of western monasticism. Living during the fifth and sixth centuries, Benedict founded a monastery at Monte Cassino in southern Italy, which was to become the mother house for Benedictines in the centuries that followed. (Benedictine monasticism was one of the great stabilizing forces in preserving Western civilization during the dark ages.) Benedict’s greater legacy, however, was his practical and moderate Rule which still guides Benedictine houses today.

Jul
22
Mon
Mary Magdalene
Jul 22 all-day

“The story of Mary Magdalene reminds everyone of a fundamental truth: She is a disciple of Christ who, in the experience of human weakness, has had the humility to ask for his help, has been healed by him, and has followed him closely, becoming a witness of the power of his merciful love, which is stronger than sin and death”
Pope Benedict XVI (2006)

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Jul
23
Tue
John Cassian, Abbot
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
25
Thu
James (the Great), Apostle
Jul 25 all-day
James (the Great), Apostle

COLLECT FOR THE FEAST OF ST. JAMES
Almighty ever-living God,
who consecrated the first fruits of your Apostles
by the blood of Saint James,
grant, we pray,
that your Church may be strengthened by his confession of faith
and constantly sustained by his protection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Aug
1
Thu
Beheading of John the Baptist
Aug 1 all-day
Aug
4
Sun
The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ
Aug 4 all-day