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Church of the Transfiguration

5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
+1 508-255-1094
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Spellbindingly peaceful and beautiful

Wow. From the beautiful mosaics to the very descriptive tour led by our excellent docent, Barbara... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrea D
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Fantastic Tour and Beautiful Church

We just made it in time for the last part of the organ demonstration. The organist was very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Remycub
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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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). 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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5 Bay View Dr, Orleans, MA 02653-2206
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 13 June 2017

This was the surpreise of the trip, Absolutely beautiful, you don't have to be a person of faith to admire the Mosaics, Frescos and Bronze work. The best artisans in each field spent years finishing the interior of this beautiful church.More

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CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

Thanks so much for visiting. We are so grateful for the artists from France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Ireland and the United States who dedicated their vision and gifts to this project. We enjoy meeting the many visitors who "happen upon" during the church during a...More

Reviewed 16 April 2017

I highly recommend visiting this church and taking the guided tour if your travels take you to Orleans, MA. You can reserve a tour time online at a time that fits your schedule. The community is an ecumenical one governed by an elected superior and...More

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Christy H, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thanks so much for your kind review! It is our joy to share our church with those who stop for a visit. For those who are not able to visit there is a virtual tour on our website. Please take a look.

Reviewed 25 September 2016

Inspiring church that welcomes all for services they say but also welcomes all for tours. The building is a work of art. The pipe organ is unbelievable. Make sure you take a tour (or attend a service) that will allow you to experience a demonstration.

2  Thank Lester A
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2016

We are very glad that your visit to the Church of the Transfiguration was a blessing to you. Every Sunday all are welcome to join us for Eucharist at 10:00 am. The weekday service schedule is available on our website.

Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to get a quick private tour oneThursday morning ! Intricate tile work, amazing organ, lovely grounds.

3  Thank Linda S
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 18 November 2016

Thanks for visiting. For those who are not able to visit the Church in person there are many photographs on the website, plus a virtual tour! Please enjoy!

Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped to photos the angel on the tower and found we could visit inside the sanctuary. We met an extremely nice and informative lady that led us on a tour telling how the sanctuary was pieced together by all the different artist from all...More

2  Thank Brad P
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

So glad you visited! The planning for the church and art program took over 10 years and we are happy to be able to share it.

Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We visited the church today on the recommendation from a local. It was amazing! The mosaics, frescos are truly unbelievable. We were offered a tour and readily accepted. Later we came back for a Evensong service which was just beautiful. I wish we lived closer...More

2  Thank Hill G
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

Throughout the fall we will be singing Evensong/Vespers on Saturday evenings at 5:15 pm. The calendar on the Community of Jesus website has full service information. Glad that you were able to join us last weekend.

Reviewed 29 August 2016

I have been here and had the mistresses give me a tour several times as part of a group. The organ recital was included and was very impressive. I have not heard a formal concert by either the choir or the band but apparently they...More

Thank Janet R
CommofJesus, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2016

So glad that you were able to have a tour with one of our docents. The full concert schedule is available on the Church of the Transfiguration website. The next choral concert with Gloriae Dei Cantores on Oct. 28 & 29, and includes the Mozart...More

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

There are three recommended activities when visiting this monasteriel community based on the Benedictine Christian practice. Founded and staffed by the Sisters of Jesus, the church itself is a magnificent edifice that combines traditional Roman with more modern Christian design. The first recommendation is to...More

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Christy H, Publicist at Church of the Transfiguration, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2016

Thanks for your recommendations! Please visit our website for information about upcoming events and church tours! All are welcome to join us for our worship services.

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