Contact: Sharon Tingley
508-255-4685 x. 310
For Immediate Release
Beloved, Annual Holiday Tradition at the Community of Jesus
Preparing for Christmas with Carol Services, Advent Teas, and new sacred art exhibit
Orleans, MA – Throughout the world, the season of Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas; a celebration of light coming into the darkness. The Community of Jesus presents a rich variety of events to celebrate this season of hope. The candlelit Service of Advent Lessons and Carols, a beloved tradition experienced by thousands of people for almost 30 years will include carols, scripture readings, prayers and traditional songs of the season sung by Gloriæ Dei Cantores at the Church of the Transfiguration (Nov. 27-29, 4:30pm).
A Sacred Art Exhibit entitled Frammenti/Fragments (Nov. 27-Feb.7), opens the same weekend, and receptions will be held at the Patmos Art Centerfollowing the
Advent Lessons and Carols Services. The “fragments” represent the experiences of two artists: an Italian Catholic man, Filippo Rossi, and an American Protestant woman, Susan Kanaga, who being diverse in their styles,communicate to portray an installation of festive solemnity, raising an expression of joy in the Spirit.
An elegant Advent Tea is served in Bethany Guest House with live chamber music prior to the Service of Advent Lessons and Carols. Advent Teas are held on November 27, 28, and 29 at 3:00pm. (Cost is $20;reservations: 508-240-2400.)
Visitors are also invited to enjoy the life-size, hand sculpted crèche scene on the grounds of the Church of the Transfiguration throughout the season.
Details and Further Information Service of Advent Lessons and Carols – Friday-Sunday, November 27-29, 4:30 pm. All are welcome; no reservations necessary. Doors open one hour prior to the service. Organ prelude on October 29th at 3:30. Frammenti/Fragments Art Exhibit – featured in the Patmos Art Center November 27-February 7. Receptions for the exhibit immediately following the Advent Lessons and Carols Services November 27-29. Call 508-240-2400 for further information or questions.
The Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient fourth-century style of architecture — a heritage shared by all Christians, and its shape reflects the Community’s monastic tradition and ecumenical vision. Constructed of Minnesota limestone, it features a long rectangular nave, a rounded apse at the east end, narrow side aisles, a peaked timber roof, and interior columns and arches along the side aisles.
The Church stands at the spiritual center of the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical Christian community in the Benedictine monastic tradition that has found its home on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts for more than forty years. Daily prayer and worship services include Holy Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant), and Choral Evensong.