The Church of the Transfiguration stands at the spiritual center of the ecumenical Benedictine monastic Community of Jesus on the shores of Cape Cod Bay — a visible sign of God’s presence in the midst of a living fellowship. As a permanent testimony of gratitude and praise to God, the church visually proclaims God’s word with truth and beauty, and the hope of the gospel message of his faithfulness and love.
Combining mosaics and frescos, sculpted bronze, stone, wood, and glass, the art program recounts God’s saving acts from Genesis to Revelation, drawing on scripture, church tradition, and the local setting of Cape Cod, to visually proclaim that all earthly life has heavenly meaning, and in all things, God may be glorified.
A contemporary expression of an ancient fourth-century style of architecture — a heritage shared by all Christians — its shape reflects the Community’s monastic tradition and ecumenical vision. Constructed of Minnesota limestone, the architecture of the church 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 St. Cecilia Organ gives a surround-sound voice to the church, with expansive pipework meticulously restored from twelve organs built by the E.M. Skinner Organ Company in the early twentieth century. The 100-foot bell tower is home to a set of 10 change-ringing bells, calling the faithful to worship, and sounding forth the praises of God.
The name of the Church also reflects an essential part of the hopeful message of the gospel, that in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, it is possible for our lives to be transformed more and more into the likeness of Christ.