Waiting for Glory

Waiting for Glory

It is our tradition at the Abbey to keep Advent as its own liturgical season, as a time of preparing for the coming of the Lord.  So now, in the past few days the Postulants (those men who have entered the community this past year) have been busy putting the trees and decorations in place, but we will not be turning on the lights and seeing the monastery in its full Christmas splendor until this evening, when we begin the celebration of the Lord’s Nativity with the First Vespers of Christmas.

It occurred to me that our lives as Christians is like this.  In our Christian life of faith, hope and love, of prayer and good works, we set everything in place.  But we will not see the full glory of what we have been doing until the moment of Our Lord’s Coming in Glory, revealing the true splendor and reality of it all, the hidden effects of our efforts for bringing about His Kingdom in the world.
May God bless us all with a glimpse of that future glory in our celebration of His First Coming this Christmas Season!

In the love of Our Lord and Lady,

Br. Christopher and all your brothers of New Clairvaux 

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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.


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.