Life at the Abbey during the Pandemic

Life at the Abbey during the Pandemic

I thought I’d give an update about how things are going here at New Clairvaux during CoVid-19: What is life like at the monastery during the current pandemic?

The answer is… the same and different. The same in the sense that ‘shelter-in-place’ is hardly a new concept for cloistered monks, and lock down is pretty much the normal. The difference is not so much for us but that we do not have visitors coming to the monastery, to pray with us at Holy Mass or the Divine Office, to tour the Church, to come on retreat or simply enjoy the grounds. Our Tasting Room is still open, but not for tasting only for pick-up, and the monks are not working there. Thus the Abbey is even quieter than usual. But at this time we focus on why we came to the monastery: to live a quiet life of prayer, brotherhood and contemplation not for our benefit alone but as a place of Christ for the whole world. Our faith tells us that although we are physically separated we are inseparable in Christ. Please know that we are thinking of you all and interceding along with you for our Church and suffering brothers and sisters throughout the world.

God bless you all,
Br. Christopher

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Prayer

Cistercian monastic life gives primary place of chanting the Opus Dei or Divine Office in community as well as personal time spent in sacred reading which fulfill the monk's sacred duty of seeking God.

Hospitality

Cistercian monastic life allows rooms for guests because all guests are to be received as Christ.  We never know if we have entertained angels.

Life in Common

Cistercian monastic life is communal:  We share all things in common as did the early Christian community so as to live in greater charity and union with Christ.