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Church of the Transfiguration

5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
+1 508-255-1094
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This is one ‘Wow of a Church!’

We visited this because it was recommended to us and the artwork in this very young church is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RJK_Chicago
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Deerfield, Illinois
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Visit on a Friday afternoon

We toured this church with its Gothic Revival architecture at 3 PM on a Friday so that we could... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kimberly J
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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). 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 hand-crafted 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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5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this because it was recommended to us and the artwork in this very young church is amazing. It is a church of an ecumenical faith and upon visiting the bookstore we found someone to give us a quick tour. The church is spectacular...More

Thank RJK_Chicago
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Management response:Responded 1 week ago

So glad that you were able to visit and received a tour! Thank you for your great review and for helping us to spread the word!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured this church with its Gothic Revival architecture at 3 PM on a Friday so that we could take advantage of the organ demonstration that was available immediately following it.. As if the tour of the church with its amazing tile work would not...More

Thank Kimberly J
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Management response:Responded 2 weeks ago

Hi Kimberly — We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour and organ demonstration! Thank you for your review, and perhaps we'll see you again sometime and you will be able to attend a service.

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

A trip to Cape Cod is not complete until you visit the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, MA. The church is spectacular from the Mosaic Apse at the east end to the Oculus window and huge Bronze doors at the west end. There is...More

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

We took the tour of the basilica and enjoyed the artistic and prayerful environment. The peace that reigns here is good for the soul. We had tea with a member afterward and will be returning.

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CommunityofJesus, Docent at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

So glad your time here was a blessing. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018

Beautiful mosiac tile floors thet were laid by hand. The rest of the church was built like a European cathedral. Church is always updating the building and the grounds.More

Thank capec0dtraveler
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CommunityofJesus, Docent at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

Glad you were able to visit and share your experience.(If you happen to stop by on a Saturday morning, you will see all the members of the Community of Jesus working to maintain and upkeep the buildings and grounds. We call it "Beehive"!) Hope to...More

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Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful mosaics, heard the pipe organ being played, and some of came back later to hear the choir sing. Magnificent! A must see for those who appreciate artistic talent!

Thank Nancy S
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CommofJesus, Public Relations Manager at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

Thank you so much Nancy, so glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

Visiting this church with its wonderful architecture and art in the centre of a what seemed a very gentle community was inspiring. Our guide took a lot of time to explain the story of how the church came to be built with explanations of all...More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

Thanks for sharing your experience. For those who are unable to visit Cape Cod there is a virtual tour on the Church of the Transfiguration website.

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Reviewed September 16, 2017 via mobile

This is the most beautiful mid-sized modern church that I have even seen in the U.S. The frescoes, carved stone and mosaic floors are incredible. It has the only "surround sound" organ I have ever heard and the pipes, behind louvered doors, run almost the...More

Thank Glenn T
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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

Thanks so much. The floor mosaic is one of the largest installations of Byzantine mosaic church art in North America, all hand-crafted. So glad you had the opportunity to see it. It is our joy to share it.

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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

Wow. From the beautiful mosaics to the very descriptive tour led by our excellent docent, Barbara, to the beautifully designed structures and grounds, a visit to this church is really worth the stop. It really is like nothing I've seen in the United States. Hearing...More

Thank Andrea D
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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2017

We are so glad that your visit to the church was a blessing to you. Thanks for sharing your experience. Our services are all open to the public as well. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10 am for Eucharist, and hear the tower bells...More

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Reviewed June 30, 2017

We just made it in time for the last part of the organ demonstration. The organist was very imformative and accomplished. We were so fortunate to have a tour of the church after the organ demonstration. We lucked out and had a private tour given...More

Thank Remycub
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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2017

Glad you were able to hear the E.M.Skinner organ! Sharing our church with visitors is one of our great joys. Thanks for sharing your experience with others.

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