Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 As we draw closer to Pentecost, our readings refer us to the coming of the Advocate--or more correctly--the other Advocate, since Jesus was our original Advocate. This coming of the Holy Spirit is tricky if taken too literally. The image can imply that the Spirit is presently absent and will eventually become present. But where … 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)
Here's a photo of the MIW Class of '17 in choir during Lauds today... And here you can hear them at the beginning of the Office singing the hymn and beginning the first Psalm of the Office...sound pretty good! Our ninth Monastic Immersion Weekend is in full swing and the 15 people attending have completed conferences with Mother Kathy from Crozet and Father Maurice … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
In wishing you all the joyous blessings of this great Easter Day and Season I am not unaware that there are times when our faith seems to falter as we wonder if Christ's resurrection (and the promise of our own resurrection) is just too good to be true.
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.