Christmas Eve, Sunday, 24 December, 2017: 10:00 AM: Mass of the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B 5:30 PM: First Vespers of the Nativity of the Lord (followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament) 7:45-8:15 PM: Recital of Christmas Carols by Madeline MacNeil in Cool Spring House (the Mansion) 8:30 PM: Vigils and Christmas Night Mass Christmas Day, Monday 25 December, … Continue Reading
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)
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 Faced with my favorite passage from Isaiah and the opening of Mark's Gospel, which always moves me, I was wondering where to begin. There's too much richness here. What jumped at me from both readings was the desert setting; would anyone else describe these passages as rich, given the setting? Why the wilderness? The wilderness … Continue Reading
Welcome to Holy Cross Abbey’s Retreat House. This ministry is a way to share a taste of our monastic life with you by sharing our silence and solitude, the natural beauty of this setting and the monastic liturgy throughout the day. The monks think of the Retreat House as our guest house; unfortunately that term has specific connotations in our world and this is not just a place for an overnight stay. Rather our Retreat House is specifically for those who need time to reflect on their lives, pray or refresh themselves spiritually. Staying with us in the Retreat House is a commitment to maintaining the silence contemplative environment of the place for all the guests.
Cool Spring 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.