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)
But what good does it do to point out the dangers [of the devil] without pointing out also some consolation, some remedy that can be applied? The peril indeed is great, and grave is the struggle ... Great, too, are the stakes, for we have frequent – no, continuous – fights against the tricks of the devil, the deceiver, whom we cannot see; the subtlety of his nature, … Continue Reading
We may observe Lent with acts of penance and self-mortification, but that’s not what we celebrate. We celebrate Jesus’ transformative path through a self-sacrifice which is the revelation of his glory; and we celebrate our passage over that same path on which we embarked through our baptism. Today we consider this Transfiguration as found in the Gospel according to Luke. As Luke had … Continue Reading
- Annunciation of the Incarnation of the Lord to Mary
- Abbot Joseph’s Homily for the 8th Sunday of the Year
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
Just as the sun that rises on the bad and on the good would cease being the sun if it didn’t shine on the bad and the good, so God (whose very being is Love) would cease being God if he stopped loving. And so Jesus’ call to be perfect just as [our] heavenly Father is perfect, is really an invitation to divinization by becoming Love. For, when we become Love, then not loving (even if these be our … 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 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.