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Address: 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653
Phone Number: 15082551094
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Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus - an...

The Church of the Transfiguration is the center of Community of Jesus - an ecumenical Benedictine monastic community located at Rock Harbor on the shores of Cape Cod Bay. The Community follows a daily rhythm of prayer including Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours (sung in Gregorian chant). Constructed of Minnesota limestone, and designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, the Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient 4th century style of architecture, and recounts the story of salvation through mosaic and fresco images, bronze, glass, and stone sculpture. The organ is a restoration and expansion of pipework from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early 20th century. Sunday Eucharist -- 10:00 Weekday Vespers -- 5:30pm Saturday Choral Evensong or Vespers -- 5:15pm TOURS -- Monday - Saturday at 3:00pm Organ demonstrations -- Fridays at 3:30pm Priory Books & Gifts -- Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm(Wednesdays the Church is closed)

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What a wonderful building. We have been coming to Cap Cod for years and have only recently discovered this amazing church and community. Sister Mary Catherine who escorted us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
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Blackpool. Lancashire
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Blackpool. Lancashire
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228 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful building. We have been coming to Cap Cod for years and have only recently discovered this amazing church and community. Sister Mary Catherine who escorted us round was very knowledgeable and had a quiet pride in her church. The atmosphere was friendly but reverent. To have such a fantastic architectural gem in a small Cape Cod town... More 

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

We appreciate your comments and your great review. We hope that you will return often now that you have discovered the Church. As I am sure you experienced there is very much to see (and hear). Our docents love to share about the planning and construction of the Church. More 

Goshen, CT
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Absolutely stunning location on Rock Harbor in Orleans. This is an ecumenical Church and Sister Monicka was our guide on our own private tour. What I liked best was how friendly and open everyone was to us and informative about how the church came into being and about all of the amazing art work and statues, and especially about how... More 

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

The grounds are immaculate, the church is stunning, the people helpful and sincere. The bookstore is quaint and well-stocked. But during the tour, we were not able to get straightforward answers about where the millions of dollars came from to build a church that enlisted and housed and employed European artists for several years. The Community consists of a few... More 

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

Please come back any time to visit again! We have Docents on hand every day to give tours and they can answer any of your questions. We are are happy to talk with you and provide any information about the church, the construction project, the art, etc. Our tour schedule is 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday... More 

Orleans, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

It is amazing to me that this campus thriving with art, theatre, music, crafts and scholarship exists within a town with a year-round population of fewer than 6000 people. Whether enjoying high tea, a summer "Brown Bag" concert, attending a play or band event, a trip to the campus hosting the Church of the Transfiguration is bound to be a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Very beautiful on a gorgeous piece of property overlooking Cape Cod Bay. It really is a work of art. A warm welcoming community with wonderful services. But the community itself is very "cult like" and has a distinct feeling of not so pure agenda. Just our opinion. But worth a visit for sure!

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Beautiful and serene church - gorgeous art work fabricated by famous artisans. Tours available. Wonderful gift shop

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. Hope you will come again! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A friendly Christian religious community living in a peaceful corner of Cape Cod next to a remote beach, built a church of outstanding architectural, artistic and spiritual value. If you are lucky, a Christian brother will greet you with a smile and take you on a tour of the Church and the grounds. But you can also do it on... More 

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

Glad that you were able to visit. The E.M.Skinner organ is unique, a surround sound experience with organ pipes located in the side aisles. Every Friday following the 3 pm tour there is a free organ demonstration. More 

Hampshire, England
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

One of our party was very keen to go and see this, and the rest of us were pretty lukewarm about it, but we were all very pleasantly surprised. The quality of the artwork and the explanations about it the art, the stories behind it and the information about the community make for a very enjoyable hour. There are really... More 

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your review. Glad that you enjoyed the Cape Cod references in the art program. We wanted the building to have ties to the local environs! More 

Orleans, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

No words to describe this magnificent place. It is very emotional and serene. Inside takes your breath away. A true hidden treasure!

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Each one helps the Church to be less of a "hidden" treasure. More 

Leverett, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Don't miss this church! You don't have to be religious to appreciate this place. I'd been meaning to take a look in side for several years now (often seen the outside from Rock Harbor, and the Angel from Skaket Beach) and finally got around to it while a family friend from the west coast was visiting. I highly recommend getting... More 

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

We have a free organ concert on Thursdays at noon during the summer. If you are in the area please come by! (through Aug.28) More 

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