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Easter 2024

2024-04-01T12:41:05-05:00March 31st, 2024|Homilies of Father Abbot|

Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum…I arose, and am still with thee, Alleluia (Introit).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My very dear sons,

This day marks the moment when all things begin to rise. Not only does the Messiah, Our Lord, rise from the dead, but with Him and in Him the entire human race and the entire cosmos surge ineffably upwards, if such a thing can be said on such a scale. Nothing will ever be the same; the world will never again look like it did before Christ’s Resurrection, the great Paschal event at the center of History. We understand now that it was all the secret of the Father, His design from beginning, from the sad moment when Adam and Eve tumbled into sin, like Jack and Jill down […]

Maundy Thursday 2024

2024-04-01T13:57:55-05:00March 28th, 2024|Homilies of Father Abbot|

Before the festival day of the pasch, Jesus knowing that his hour was come, that he should pass out of this world to the Father: having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them unto the end (Jn 13:1)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My very dear sons,

We find ourselves again this evening on the threshold of the sacred Triduum, the holiest days of Holy Week, at this solemn Mass of Maundy Thursday. We are here to commemorate the beginning of Our Lord’s Passion. But is this not something we have done before, many times? Is Maundy Thursday just an exercise we repeat year after year? Or is it not, rather, a unique mystery into which we enter—at least this is to be hoped—more intensely every time? […]

Passiontide Chant: If only the lover sings…

2024-03-20T15:57:28-05:00March 14th, 2024|News|

If only the lover sings, listen to the song, and you may catch a secret about the beloved.  The song of the Church, our mother, is marvelously expressed in Gregorian chant, and its quality rises to a unique pitch during these last two weeks of Lent, wherein the Church’s heart and mind are entirely preoccupied with Christ’s suffering.  Where better listen to her song than with monks, whose sole treasured heirloom is the liturgy?

Those unable to visit a monastery have now an opportunity to listen to a part of our family heritage with the recent album of these Passiontide chants by our motherhouse, the Abbey of Fontgombault.  Including the propers for the Masses of Passiontide and Holy Thursday as well as the Improperia of Good Friday and several responsories for Tenebrae, this recording […]

Symposium on Blessed Charles of Austria

2024-03-07T16:27:11-06:00March 7th, 2024|News|

Father Abbot will give a conference at the symposium Blessed Charles von Habsburg, the husband of the Servant of God Empress Zita, whose cause this Abbey promotes.  He will be speaking on Blessed Charles and his wife, and will elaborate the Benedictine-Habsburg connection.  The symposium will be held in Dallas on Saturday, April 13th, and feature conferences and interviews by others, like Archduke Eduard, Archduke Paul, Princess Maria-Anna von Habsburg Galitzine, Suzanne Pearson and Charles Coulombe, the last of whom wrote the biography on Blessed Charles featured at the monastic table and is writing another biography on Empress Zita. Discover more and reserve a ticket by clicking here Learn more about Blessed Charles here… Learn more about Servant of God Empress Zita in Father Abbot’s letter here…

Learn Gregorian Chant – Laus in Ecclesia Level One & Two & Three Courses 2024

2024-01-30T17:14:32-06:00January 30th, 2024|News|

Clear Creek Abbey will host three classes in Gregorian chant:

Laus In Ecclesia, level 1, taking the complete beginner or amateur in Gregorian chant to the level of being able to sing the chant with a certain competence

Laus in Ecclesia, level 2, building on the first degree, sharpening skills in reading notation, and rhythm, with an emphasis on the singing of the Divine Office in Gregorian chant.

Laus in Ecclesia, level 3, bringing all the previous levels to completion: this level is aimed primarily at directors of scholas, with a concentration on interpretation of bigger pieces and chironomy (direction).

The classes will be held from July 15th until the 19th, 2024. Find out more about it and register at clearcreekmonks.org/learnChant .

Immaculate Conception 2023

2023-12-16T17:36:01-06:00December 8th, 2023|Homilies of Father Abbot|

Vestimentum tuum candidum quasi nix…Thy garments are white as snow, and thy face is as the sun. (2nd Antiphon of Laudes).

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My Very Dear Sons,

In contemplating the spectacle of the Immaculate Conception, such is the spiritual splendor and brightness of the vision, supposing we turn our soul toward this mystery with humility, such is the power of Mary’s immaculate radiance, that one might fear going “snow blind” so to speak, of being blinded for shear excess of light.  It is tempting for one who preaches to conclude (hastily) that there is nothing to say about such uniform whiteness, nothing to comment upon here, whereas in truth such beauty rightly considered, could feed our contemplation for year upon year, age upon age.  Our Lady’s light is not the […]

Pilgrimage through Advent

2023-11-24T15:38:52-06:00November 22nd, 2023|Videos|

After reflecting on the Three Hearts Pilgrimage in October 2023, a lay friend of the monastery put this together to inform others about Clear Creek Abbey as we approach the start of Advent. View our Advent and Christmas items Discover more about the Three Hearts Pilgrimage

Progress of a Pilgrimage

2023-11-23T15:45:37-06:00November 9th, 2023|Letters to the Friends|

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey,

From October 12th through October 14th, under the patronage of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Most Chaste Heart of Joseph, the Three Hearts Pilgrimage made its way again this year over some 35 miles of rough terrain, through the back roads of Cherokee County, to our abbey church. His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke was here to preside over the final solemn Mass and to consecrate the Pilgrimage to those Three Hearts.

Pilgrims arrived at the starting point from every part of the United States and even from Europe (Scotland!). Since its inception, the Pilgrimage has constantly gained momentum, and the numbers have greatly increased. In 2021 there were about one thousand pilgrims; this year that number was more than […]

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