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The Rev. Matthew Wright’s sermon for the Nativity of St John the Baptist

“Come people, praise the prophet and the martyr, and the Baptist of the Lord, for he is an angel in the flesh.”

These are word from an Orthodox liturgy dedicated to John the Baptist, whose nativity we celebrate today. And it’s significant to take note that we are celebrating the nativity of John the Baptist. This isn’t what Christians do. We honor saints, whether martyrs or not, by observing their death anniversaries. Beyond Christmas, the Feast of THE Nativity, the birth of our Lord, we observe the nativity of only two saints—the Blessed Virgin Mary and Blessed John the Baptist. And this is in recognition of… read more on our sermons blog

Br. Scott’s sermon for Proper 7 B

In the early parts of the Gospels, a lot of activity centers around water. And pretty much anytime a body of fresh water is mentioned in the Gospels, it is the Sea of Galilea. Even if its called by another name, such as the Sea at Tiberius, it is the Galilea. And although today’s passage never mentions, the name, the boat in which this adventure takes place is on the Sea of Galilea. So lets talk about the Sea of Galilea. The first thing to note is that the fairly common name “Sea of Galilea” is misleading. The term sea is one we… 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 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 among the largest monastic retreat facilities in the Episcopal 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.

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