Living the Liturgy – The Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek

The Monastery of Our Lady of the Annunciation is a Benedictine Monastery at Clear Creek in Oklahoma, U.S.A. It is a Foundation of the Benedictine Abbey of Fontgombault. (Congregation of Solesmes).

Monasteries which are members of the Solesmes Congregation, as are Fontgombault and Clear Creek, in order to better to cultivate the essential of their vocation, that is, the life of prayer, do not assume pastoral charge of parishes nor run schools. But in the Rule of Saint Benedict, hospitality has an important place, and Benedictine tradition has always considered this to be a part of the monastery’s role in the Church. So, besides their deep communion with the life of the Church and their prayer for all, the monks of Clear Creek receive guests for retreats and help the faithful participate in their life of prayer and recollection, especially through the Divine Office.

It is indeed a part of the Solesmes tradition to cultivate a solemn, public liturgical office. The monks of Clear Creek celebrate God’s glory in Latin, so appropriate to give an idea of God’s majesty, a sense of the sacred. Thus the monks exploit the riches developed over centuries in the Church’s liturgy and cultivate Gregorian Chant.

Two other main features of the Solesmes Congregation and which the monks of Clear Creek will strive to fully live must be noted: deep fidelity to the Holy See and devotion to the Virgin Mary.

I hope you will enjoy the following, and the traditional liturgy beloved by this community. If you are not familiar with this liturgy of the 1962 Missal (Tridentine) then I know that after you have watched this brief Introduction you will surely want to explore this sacred liturgy further. You will also hear a  brief history of the Benedictine Order, and the Solesmes Congregation in particular.

For more information about vocations,or Benedictine life in general then will link you to contact deatails of the Benedictine Communities in this country.

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12 Responses to Living the Liturgy – The Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek

  1. toadspittle says:

    “The monks of Clear Creek celebrate God’s glory in Latin, so appropriate to give an idea of God’s majesty, a sense of the sacred. ” says Gertrude.

    I think it is quite true that Latin does this. For me, at least. But why? Simply because Latin is no longer used in everyday life? Or is it because it’s foreign and a bit mysterious?

    Suppose the Mass had been traditionally celebrated in Aramaic? Would that be equally evocative of solemnity and majesty? Or Greek, or Tibetan, come to that?

    (Whoops, hypothesising again! Against CP&S rules. Burru the Guru will be livid!)


  2. Gertrude says:

    Hypothesise away Toad. Had Aramaic, Greek or even Tibetan been the language of the Roman (not Greek, or Tibetan) Church, then I’m sure the liturgy would have been celebrated thus! As for Aramaic – well, thanks be to God it wasn’t because if my forays into trying to understand ancient documents is a guideline, I would fail miserably. But Latin was (and still is) the language of the Church, and |I am unashamedly a traditionalist when applied to the liturgy. I’m afraid I am not to be found when the liturgy is accompanied by guitars, drums, liturgical dance (whatever that is) or any other of the post V2 ‘innovations’.We are fortunate enough in most cases to be able to choose which liturgy we wish to meet with Our Blessed Lord in, even if, at times we have to travel a few miles! Actually, when Holy Mass was universally in Latin there was actually as much participation by the faithful as in N.O., with the advantage that, where- ever one travelled in the world, and I travelled extensively, Holy Mass was unchanging and familiar.


  3. Brother Burrito says:

    Wow, I am filled with admiration, (and jealousy), for those monks.

    So human, so alive.

    They have the best life and job in the universe.

    Bring back the monasteries! Bring on the vocations!


  4. toadspittle says:

    You know what they say, Burroguru, the grass (your dinner, in fact) always looks greener… what someone else orders in the restaurant always looks so much more appetizing than your portion.

    And look! He got thistles with his!

    Put yourself in the Monks’ position…oh, all right, don’t..


  5. golden chersonnese says:

    Toad, of course Catholic liturgy is still celebrated in the Aramaic (Syriac, Chaldean).

    This is from the Maronite rite translated into English:

    Cel: May the love of God the + Father,
    the grace of the only-begotten + Son,
    and the unity and indwelling of the + Holy Spirit
    be with your, for ever.
    Cong: And also with you.
    Cel: Let us lift up our thoughts, our minds and our hearts.
    Cong: They are raised to you, O God.
    Cel: Let us thank the Lord with fear
    and worship him with humility.
    Cong: It is right and proper.

    Cong: The Lord reigns clothed in majesty. Alleluia!
    I am the Bread of Life said our Lord;
    from on high I came to earth,
    so all might live in me.
    Pure word without flesh
    I was sent from the Father.
    Mary’s womb received me
    like good earth a grain of wheat.
    Behold! The priest bears me aloft to the altar.
    Accept our offerings.

    Cel: Almighty God,
    as you accepted the offerings of the just of old,
    we ask you now to accept these offerings,
    presented to you by your faithful people
    as a pledge of their love for your and your holy name.
    Shower upon them your spiritual blessings,
    and, in exchange for their perishable gifts,
    grant them the gift of life and entrance into your
    Cong: Amen.

    This is from the Chaldean rite:

    Our hope is the Lord.

    The precious body and blood of Christ are being set upon the holy altar. Let us draw near in reverence and love, and with the holy angels let us raise a joyful cry unto the Lord: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, Almighty God.

    (Translation: Our hope is the Lord)

    (Translation: The precious body and blood of Christ are being set upon the holy altar. Let us draw near in reverence and love, and with the holy angels let us raise a joyful cry unto the Lord: Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord, Almighty God.

    By Your command our Lord and our God, these glorious, holy, life giving, and divine mysteries are set upon the absolving altar until the coming of our Lord from heaven. To Him be glory at all times and forever.

    May Christ who was sacrificed for our salvation and who also ordered us to celebrate the memory of His death, burial, and resurrection accept this sacrifice from our hands by his mercy forever.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Let us remember the Virgin Mary, mother of God, upon this holy altar.

    From the beginning and unto all ages, Amen. Apostles of the Son, and beloved of the only begotten, pray that peace be among all creations.

    Let us all say: amen. O our holy patron, St. Thomas, we remember you upon our holy altar with the just people who have been triumphant and with the martyrs who have been crowned.

    All the departed are resting in hope that through Your glorious resurrection You will raise them up in triumph.

    And this is from the Syriac rite:

    Let us all entreat from the Lord, that we may pass the whole day, perfect, holy, peaceful, and without sin.

    Let us entreat from the Lord a messenger of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies.

    Let us entreat from the Lord forgiveness and remission of our sins and transgressions.

    Let us entreat from the Lord the things which are good and proper for our souls, and peace for the world.

    Let us entreat from the Lord, that we may spend the remaining period of our life in peace and health.

    Let us entreat that the close of our lives may be Christian, without pain and without shame, and a good plea at the dread and awful judgment-seat of Christ.

    XIV. The Priest: For Thou art the gospel and the light, Saviour and keeper of our souls and bodies, God, and Thy only-begotten Son, and Thy all-holy Spirit, now and ever.

    The People: Amen.11

    The Priest: God, who hast taught us Thy divine and saving oracles, enlighten the souls of us sinners for the comprehension of the things which have been before spoken, so that we may not only be seen to be hearers of spiritual things, but also doers of good deeds, striving after guileless faith, blameless life, and pure conversation.

    (Aloud.) In Christ Jesus our Lord, with whom Thou art blessed, together with Thy all-holy, good, and quickening Spirit, now and always, and for ever.

    The People: Amen.

    XV. The Priest: Peace be to all.

    The People: And to Thy spirit.

    The Deacon: Let us bow our heads to the Lord.

    The People: To Thee, Lord.

    The Priest prays, saying: O Sovereign giver of life, and provider of good things, who didst give to mankind the blessed hope of eternal life, our Lord Jesus Christ, count us worthy in holiness, and perfect this Thy divine service to the enjoyment of future blessedness.

    (Aloud.) So that, guarded by Thy power at all times, and led into the light of truth, we may send up the praise and the thanksgiving to Thee, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever.

    The People: Amen.

    Whatcha think?


  6. johnhenrycn says:

    Wonderful. Just wonderful.


  7. Brother Burrito says:

    Very funny Toad. Thistles, yum!

    I once spent a weekend at Pluscarden Abbey with a parish group. The men were allowed to sleep in the abbey, and join the monks for meals. At one point the Abbot came up to me and asked me how I was enjoying things. Being easily starstruck, my mind went blank, and the best reply I could muster was “The food’s much better than I expected; I thought you guys lived on porridge with an oxo cube crumbled into it…”.

    The poor saintly abbot’s face briefly contorted as he came to the conclusion that he was addressing a moron. He smiled and moved on to better pasture.

    One of the first and greatest and most important revelations received upon the path to enlightenment, is the realization that you are a complete idiot. For hard cases like me, frequent booster shots arrive frequently.


  8. Brother Burrito says:

    Sorry GC, your comment got held in moderation, until just now.

    Either the gremlins are back, or there was something dodgy mixed with the incense in your last post, and Dillon, the blog sniffer dog was alerted.

    Bad dog! Get down Dillon!


  9. toadspittle says:

    “One of the first and greatest and most important revelations received upon the path to enlightenment, is the realization that you are a complete idiot. “says Burro

    I must phrase this very carefully.
    1: You are not a ‘complete ‘idiot.’
    2: You are not even an incomplete idiot.
    3: You are, in fact, wise.
    4: You probably are aware that you are echoing those other distinguished Gurus, (you are not the only one) Socrates and Montaigne.

    As for Toad, (a complete idiot if ever there was one,) how can he be expected to know what, for instance, truth is? Such enlightenment is not given to idiots, complete or incomplete.

    But he is skeptical of those who do think they possess it.

    Wittgenstein once said that he saw it as his task to take the incomprehensible nonsense of philosophy and turn it into comprehensible nonsense.

    I’ve no real idea what this has to do with the case here. It just seems appropriate.


  10. johnhenrycn says:

    Toad, since you’re interested in philosophy, can I return your recent favour (Popper) and mention The Great Ideas, by Mortimer J. Adler. It’s not available from Amazon until late November; but worth waiting for, because it’s on Audio CD, so you don’t have to know how to read.

    For some background on Adler you can go to Wikipedia, of course; but I’d strongly recommend this longish piece – Education: Fusilier – from Time/CNN (blush), that was referred to a couple of days ago by a commenter on Daniel Hannan’s blog. The CD (two actually) is on my wish list. This guy is amazing, I think.


  11. johnhenrycn says:

    Adler was a Jew. I don’t know if he formally converted to Catholicism; but he was sympatico and a Thomist, to boot.


  12. toadspittle says:

    “…so you don’t have to know how to read.” says JH

    Too late. Learning to read was where it all started to go wrong.


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