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)
There is another arrow: the living and active word of God that cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword, of which our Savior said: “I have not come to send peace but the sword.” “A polished arrow” too is that special love of Christ, which not only pierced Mary’s soul but penetrated through and through, so that even the tiniest space in her virginal breast was permeated by … Continue Reading
The cross on which Christ died may not have looked exactly like our familiar crucifixes. It did indeed have a vertical support and each of the condemned carried his horizontal beam to the place of execution—so the basic configuration we know is an appropriate approximation. But no one who had witnessed that torturous form of execution wished to perpetuate the actual image. Our familiar … Continue Reading
From the Abbot’s Lectio Notebook
As Christians striving to imitate the self-giving and self-sacrificing love of Christ, we forget that receiving help and allowing others to serve us is integral to being Christ's disciples. Although Jesus insisted that he had come to serve and not to be served, there were occasions when he did allow others to minister to and serve him. The home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus was one such setting and … 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.