Christmas – Come and Worship With Us!

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24

7 PM   First Vespers of Christmas

No Compline

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25

7 AM  Solemn Matins of Christmas

9 AM  Eucharist

12 PM  Diurnum

3 PM    Vespers

(Guesthouse closes after Vespers and reopens Tuesday, December 27)

4PM    Community Gathering

Holy Name, Sunday, January 1

3 PM  Vespers

(Guesthouse closes after Vespers)

Chanting to the Lord – discerning a Capital Campaign

Holy Cross is never without chanting! Equally, the physical structures that support our life of prayer, worship and service always need maintenance and improvement. Many projects are worthwhile, yet priorities must be set based on financial realities.

This year, we plan to initiate a capital campaign to raise funds for projects in the areas of worship, hospitality and sustainability. A capital campaign would progress in three phases (Discerning / Studying / Asking). We are in the discernment phase, where we are called to share our vision, hopes and needs widely.

Please visit our ‘Chanting to the Lord’ website to watch a new video that explains what makes Holy Cross unique. In words and images, the Brothers explain the projects we believe will improve our shared life of worship, hospitality and sustainability. Visitors to the monastery speak movingly about why Holy Cross matters, and how this work will allow us to serve many more. This website also contains more information about the need for a capital campaign and news items about it. Keep visiting it as the campaign unfolds.

Consider how you might support our efforts through prayer, and in due time, make a financial gift to the campaign. If you have questions about our needs, the campaign, or how you can help, contact Br. Bernard Delcourt (BernardJeanDelcourt at gmail dot com).

Br. John Forbis, OHC’s, Sermon for The Second Sunday of Advent

“Whenever I read this Gospel aloud, I like to put some real umph into John’s tirade against some of the Pharisees and Sadduccees.  I often picture myself standing behind him, (hiding behind him), and saying things such as, “That’s right.  You tell ‘em, John.  Give ‘em hell.”  However, John could turn around and fix me with that same menacing look.” . . . read more on our sermons blog

A Random Image from Holy Cross

A Benedictine Monastery in the Episcopal Tradition

At Holy Cross, you enter into a time of prayer and reflection, renewal and re-creation. The time you spend here can help you deepen your sense of communion with God, nature and with others. Holy Cross Monastery is part of the Order of the Holy Cross. Our facilities consist of 2 Guest Houses, the Monastery Church of St. Augustine, and the Monastic Enclosure, located on twenty-six magnificent acres on the west bank of the Hudson River.

The primary ministry of Holy Cross Monastery is to guests on individual and group retreats. Our Guesthouse is a well-loved retreat facility in the church. Rooms are available for overnight stays so that you can join with us and explore the spiritual dimension of your life. We estimate that about 5,000 people visit us each year.

In addition to our guest ministry we also manufacture incense, publish, and operate a book and gift shop. Many monks see people in spiritual direction (a form of spiritual companioning).

The primary work of the community is worship and prayer, which are the central components of our daily life.