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Church of the Transfiguration

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Address: 5 Bay View Drive, Orleans, MA 02653
Phone Number: 15082551094
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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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If you can visit the church when they are a concert, don't hesitate. The brass and organ concerts are spectacular. Just seeing the inside of the church is worth the visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Judith K
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Orleans, Massachusetts
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Orleans, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you can visit the church when they are a concert, don't hesitate. The brass and organ concerts are spectacular. Just seeing the inside of the church is worth the visit.

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Saint Paul, MN
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a beautiful church! We got a tour from a very nice church member who was very helpful and kind. The craftsmanship is so outstanding. What a way to spend about an hour. Afterwards we walked out to Rock Harbor. The church Is lovely.

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pennsylvania
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss visiting this church for the wonderful mosaic interior as well as the fabulous architecture. A very special spot!

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Houston, TX
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a little bit difficult for me to find as I am unfamiliar with the area and did not have a GPS. Sadly I was a little late getting there. They were very warm and welcoming and the evening vespers service was just beautiful. I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend!

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

Please join us again if you are in the area! We are having a Gregorian chant retreat this summer from August 3-7. There is more information about it on our website! More 

Orleans, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

After living in Orleans for over 20+ years, we finally attended a Organ Concert at this church. It was amazing. Well worth the price of admission, such talent. They have tours of the building...it is stunning. Worth a stop.

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

During the summer join us on Thursdays for a lunchtime organ concert (July 14 - August 25) Admission is free. Lunches are available for purchase, or you can bring your own and enjoy it on our grounds. Hope you will come again! More 

Shelbyville, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

Anyone visiting will be awed by the sparkle and beauty of this church. It is not your usual church. Members have spent, no telling how much, to create a work of art that is a tribute to God. The murals are beyond words. Several in our group were not comfortable as they felt this was a cult. However, the members... More 

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

Glad that you were able to visit the Church (and enjoy the Monastery Kitchen granola and jam!). Visiting a monastery in the US is unusual, and many are not familiar with this particular expression of Christian life. The Community of Jesus has a widely-shared lectionary, an ecumenical calendar of saints, and a published Rule of Life that is both balanced... More 

Blackpool. Lancashire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words. We do welcome photographs of the Church (without flash). There are many events during the summer months, they are listed on our website www.communityofjesus.org/calendar. Hope you can join us again. More 

Orleans, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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