Starting this Monday we'll make a slight change in our weekday morning schedule. At 7:00 AM we will celebrate the Office of Lauds in its entirety. Then the Principal Celebrant and concelebrants will retire to the sacristy to vest; lighting will be adjusted and Mass--also in its entirety--will be celebrated. We haven't tested the timing yet, but Mass will probably begin about 7:25 AM and end … 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)
Jeremiah rightly compares the blessed man who trusts in the Lord to a tree planted by the waters. Because he sends out the roots of his heart to the streams of love, he will not fear when the heat of anger and distress comes, and in the time of drought, when for a long time the heavens are closed and neither the dew nor the showers of grace have fallen on him, he will not be anxious as if God had … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
The important Christian practice of detachment from earthly things so as to free the heart for God—and so find peace and eternal bliss—comes easier to some than to others.
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.