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Clear Creek Abbey hosts Empress Zita Symposium

2023-04-05T16:33:34-05:00April 5th, 2023|News|

Servant of God Empress Zita Holy Mass & Symposium at 10am on May 13, 2023

Holy Mass in honor of Servant of God Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, followed by two Presentations, interrupted by a Luncheon, and then a Question and Answer Panel.  Symposium speakers include Mr. Charles Columbe (author of a biography on Blessed Charles of Austria) and HIRH Archduke Rudolf of Austria (grandson of Empress Zita), with the participation of HIRH Princess Maria-Anna Habsburg Galitzine (granddaughter of Empress Zita).

Reserve a seat at their website EmpressZitaCause.com.

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

2023-02-09T11:22:17-06:00February 9th, 2023|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.

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 12th until the 16th, 2023. Find out more about it and register at clearcreekmonks.org/learnChant .

Light of Christmas

2023-03-26T14:01:53-05:00December 26th, 2022|Letters to the Friends|

Dear Friend of Clear Creek Abbey,

There is much discussion in the Church these days about traveling down a “common road,” synodality. Whatever may be your view on this—and views differ—one thing is clear: the road that beckons to us in this particular season is the one leading to Bethlehem. There we will find Him who would one day announce that He is the road, the way. “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6). Furthermore, as we travel during Advent with the Holy Family toward the Little Town in Judea that is to be the birthplace of the Savior of mankind, the Child is already in our midst, as He rides in the womb of His Immaculate mother, perched with her upon the donkey led by Saint Joseph. What a […]

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 Transitus 2022

2023-04-01T15:20:26-05:00March 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 order […]

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.

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