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New Advent CD: Rorate Cœli: Marian Sounds of Advent

2022-09-13T16:42:53-05:00August 20th, 2022|News|

We are happy to announce our new recording, entitled Rorate Cœli: Marian Sounds of Advent. The recording took place in our church and was released September 9, 2022, by The Sophia Music Group/De Montfort Music, which is all part of Sophia Institute. The CD features the Saturday Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent, some pieces from the Divine Office in Advent, and the Mass of the Vigil of Christmas and comes with lyrics in Latin, English, and French in the accompanying booklet, which also includes a musical commentary on the spirit of the pieces.  The recording itself is available for order at the links below.

Order directly from Clear Creek Abbey.

Order with the Sophia Institute.

Order with Amazon.

Order on Apple Music. […]

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

2022-04-06T13:53:57-05:00April 6th, 2022|News|

Clear Creek Abbey will host two 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.

The classes will be held from July 12th until the 17th, 2022. Find out more about and register at clearcreekmonks.org/learnChant .

St Benedict 2022

2022-03-24T16:19:57-05:00March 21st, 2022|Homilies of Father Abbot|

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

The mood of the Church these days is uneasy amid the sounds of war—even if they have not yet reached a high pitch on a global scale—and amid the ever-pressing need for true reform and authentic renewal, especially in the places where the faith and charity have grown cold and tepid, such as in Western Europe and much of our United States of America. What are we monks supposed to do to help the Church in this effort to renew the face of the earth?

In a conference given to Benedictine abbots some years ago, a Benedictine theologian made the following observation. A monk has only to “look up,” so to speak, from the page of his liturgical book or of his lectio divina, in […]

All Saints 2021

2021-11-01T16:15:44-05:00November 1st, 2021|Homilies of Father Abbot|

After this I saw a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and tribes, and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and in the sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and they cried with a loud voice saying: Salvation to our God, who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb. (Apoc. 7)

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

Today we celebrate All Saints’ Day, the feast, not of just one Saint, but of the entire heavenly court. Saint John, in his Apocalypse, sees them as a “great multitude which no man could number” (7:9). In every age God has raised up these heroes of the Faith, both to do battle with the powers of darkness that deceive the […]

The Chapter House

2022-05-31T13:56:28-05:00October 13th, 2021|Letters to the Friends|

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey,

As with most houses, the monastic house has its common areas and its special places. There are rooms where a spider’s web will hardly last a day before being unceremoniously swept into oblivion; there are others where, well, the standard of cleanliness is somewhat lacking at times (from which the spider knows how to benefit). The most important places in a monastery are called “regular places”, loci regulares in Latin. In these places there must be a more profound silence and greater respect all round. The church is, of course, the first of these regular places, but there is another which the monks frequent assiduously, which is to say the Chapter Room, or Chapter House. All the great cathedrals and monasteries of Europe had their Chapter House.

Clear Creek Abbey hosts Three Hearts Pilgrimage

2021-09-30T11:49:46-05:00September 30th, 2021|News|

Clear Creek Abbey will again host the final Mass of the Three Hearts Pilgrimage, October 21st-23rd, 2021: A sacrificial walk of reparation which culminates at the High Mass at Clear Creek Abbey.  Father Abbot described last year’s pilgrimage thusly:

Some six hundred pilgrims entered our church at the end of a thirty-five-mile walk described as “half as long as Chartres, but twice as hard,” meaning it included some steep hills between the first campsite near the Illinois river and our abbey. This was the first Three Hearts Pilgrimage, dedicated to a work of reparation under the patronage of Our Lady Help of Christians and the Three Hearts, that is to say the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Most Chaste Heart of Joseph.

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