The principal resource for all Christian monks, indeed, for all Christians, is holy scripture. Holy Cross monks read, study, and pray scripture daily, and encounter it on multiple levels, including that of contemporary studies.
In both the Anglican and the monastic traditions, the daily recitation of scripture-based prayer, called The Divine or Daily Office, is fundamental. A person who wants to become a monk will want to make this his daily practice. The Book of Common Prayer provides the necessary framework for Anglicans. The Monastery’s own office book is a newly revised edition of A Monastic Breviary (West Park, NY: Holy Cross Publishing & Morehouse, 1976). You can access the the Daily Office, including readings and hymns, for free from Mission St. Clare. They also have a wonderful app for your phone or tablet. You’ll find addition recommendations below.
The Rule of St. Benedict
Timothy Fry, OSB, RB 1980: The Rule of Saint Benedict in English. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1981)
Kardong, Terrence, OSB, Benedict’s Rule: A Translation and Commentary. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996)
Esther De Waal, c/OHC, A Life Giving Way: A Commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1995)
Online text of Benedict’s Rule: http://www.osb.org/gen/rule.html
Benedictine Spirituality and History
Jean LeClerq, OSB, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: A Study of Monastic Culture. (New York: Fordham University Press, 1961)
King, Peter, Western Monasticism: A History of the Monastic Movement in the Latin Church. (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publ., 1999). Contains a chapter on Anglican monasticism.
Columba Marmion, OSB, Christ the Ideal of the Monk. (St. Louis: Herder, 1926)
Columba Stewart, OSB, Prayer and Community: The Benedictine Tradition. (London: Darton, Longman, and Todd, 1998)
Michael Casey, OCSO, A Guide to Living in the Truth: Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility. (Petersham: St. Bede’s Publications, 1999)
Michael Casey, OCSO, Strangers to the City. (Brewster: Paraclete Press, 2005)
Esther De Waal, c/OHC, Living with Contradiction: Reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict. (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989)
Michael Casey, OCSO, Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. (Liguori: Triumph, 1996)
Innocenzo Gargano, OSB, Holy Reading: An Introduction to Lectio Divina. (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2007)
Mariano Magrassi, OSB, Praying the Bible: An Introduction to Lectio Divina. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998)
On the Order of the Holy Cross:
Vida Dutton Scudder, Father Huntington: The Founder of the Order of the Holy Cross (Dutton, 1940)
Adam Dunbar McCoy, OHC, Holy Cross: A Century of Anglican Monasticism (Morehouse, 1987)
Richard Paul Vaggione, OHC, The Rule of James Otis Sargent Huntington and his successors (The Order of the Holy Cross, 1991)
These resources may help in understanding the Order of the Holy Cross, the monastic life as we live it, and the process of discerning a call to religious life.
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