As delighted as we all are with the outcome of our recent chapel renovation, corroboration of our positive sentiments by those outside the community is always welcome—not least when this is offered by experts in the field. Recently, our architect and friend, Tim Machado received the 2018 Award for Liturgical/Interior Design for his work on our chapel. We warmly congratulate Tim and thank him for his expert assistance in bringing this noble project to successful completion. The award is part of the International Design Awards Program for Religious Art and Architecture and the annual competition is cosponsored by the Faith and Form journal and the American Institute of Architects and Interfaith Design. For those who may never have seen the chapel before its renovation we have included “before” and “after” views. For those interested, here is a link to the Faith and Form journal featuring the award. https://faithandform.com/feature/2018-awards-program/
Welcome to Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey
The monastery is a school of the Lord's service where Christ is formed in the hearts of the brothers and where in solitude and silence they aspire to that interior quiet in which wisdom is born. By generous hospitality they share with their fellow pilgrims the peace and hope which Christ has freely given.
(Constitutions of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance 3:2-3)
My king and my God - God, love and joy - my soul and my heart are jubilant to you. My heart desires to greet, praise, magnify, and bless you, life of my soul, my God - God living and true, fountain of sempiternal light … And with what will I reward you, my Lord, for all the good with which you have rewarded me? Behold, as I see it, you have cherished me above your glory, and … Continue Reading
Celtic spirituality has long cultivated the belief in so-called “thin places” where the veil separating heaven and earth, time and eternity, is thin and where the experience of the sacred and the divine is heightened. Places of Christian pilgrimage and shrines are among the more commonly recognized “thin places.” Monasteries and their immediate environs are also frequently experienced as thin … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
The Good Shepherd who goes in search of the stray sheep while leaving the other ninety-nine in the desert is a good image for ourselves in seeking out and reclaiming aspects of our true identity lost or severely impaired by enslavement to sin. This is a difficult and painful process and we would prefer to remain with the ninety-nine healthy sheep of our established virtues and not remind ourselves … Continue Reading
Staying a few days at the Abbey's Retreat House is the primary way guests can get a taste of our monastic life, by entering into silence and solitude, the natural beauty of the setting, and the monastic liturgy throughout the day. Retreat House guests commit to maintaining the silence and contemplative environment of the place.
Cool Spring Natural Cemetery
Cool Spring Natural Cemetery is maintained and managed by the Cistercian Monks of Holy Cross Abbey where, for over sixty years, monks have lived on land made sacred by their lives of worship, prayer, and hospitality offered to all who visit. The cemetery thus constitutes a tangible extension of the monks’ life of worship, prayer, and their long tradition of hospitality.