Ora et Labora
“Let us so stand to sing, that our mind may be in harmony with our voice.”
-St. Benedict, Holy Rule, Chapter 19
In keeping with the traditional motto of the Benedictines, Ora et Labora – Pray and Work, the monks come to the church seven times each day and once at night to praise God in liturgical prayer. The Holy Liturgy, the “Work of God,” as Saint Benedict calls it, is the monk’s daily bread. It forms the center of his life with its two components, the Holy Sacrifice of Mass or Eucharist and the Divine Office or Liturgy of Hours. At Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey we celebrate Holy Mass and the Hours in Latin, which is the proper language of the Roman rite and especially appropriate for those who celebrate each day the Divine Office in choir with the traditional Gregorian Chant.
Listen to a sample of our Gregorian Chant here:
“Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui – Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Luke 1:28, 42).
(Offertory Antiphon from the 7th Century, in the Eighth Mode.)
“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore should the brethren be occupied at stated times in manual labor.”
-St. Benedict, Holy Rule, Chapter 48
The monks of Clear Creek endeavor to be self-sufficient, cultivating the land, raising livestock, and selling products made in their own workshops. They are dependent however on the generosity of benefactors to complete the construction of the Abbey.