Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 After decades of praying the psalms, most monks know the psalms well enough to sing them by heart. However, singing psalms by heart can be problematic the moment we remind ourselves that we are singing them from memory. Almost inevitably we begin to stumble over the words and begin inserting words from other psalms. Similarly, … 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: Sirach 50:22-24; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19 The Community Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, Abbot Joseph presiding and preaching. It is a non-work day for us and we follow the Sunday schedule; as such, we will celebrate Benediction after Vespers (5:30 PM). All are invited--especially those who need a break from football. … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
As the liturgical year draws to a close and our thoughts turn to the so-called “end times,” the return of Christ in glory, and our entrance into the Eternal Life of heaven,…
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.