Following on the joyful celebration of Br. Elijah’s reception of the habit earlier in the month, this last Sunday was yet another cause for celebration and gratitude to God as Br. John Blaschik pronounced his First Vows. Having completed his first three years of formation, Br. John now continues his preparation for Final Vows, three years from now. Please join us in thanking God for this blessing on our community and let us all continue to support Br. John with our prayers for the years ahead. May God who has begun this good work in Br. John bring it to completion in Christ Jesus Our Lord.
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)
Please Note: The annual retreat of the monks will take place during the first week of March. The Gift Shop will thus be closed from Wednesday morning, March 4, through Saturday, March 7 and will reopen on Sunday morning, as usual, at 11.00 a.m. … Continue Reading
We initiate the holy Lenten Season with our annual Ash Wednesday Mass at 7.30 a.m. on February 26. There will be the customary imposition of ashes as we pray to open our hearts to the special graces of this penitential season in preparation for the joyful celebration of Our Lord's Resurrection. Also, a Mass Time Change: Please Note that on Friday, February 28 we will have the honor and blessing … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
That purity of heart without which we cannot see God is also the same purity of heart that enables us to truly see one another. Many of our interpersonal conflicts are the result of viewing others through the distorting lenses imposed by our still unpurified hearts. Thus, like the man in today’s gospel—who saw people looking like trees and walking—we might be said to not truly see our brother or … 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.