Clear Creek Abbey News
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New Book - Life and Miracles of St. Benedict, by St. Gregory.
Triple Simple Profession, Oct. 7, 2013 - Click here or on photo to see more.
Grape Harvest, October 2013 - Click on the photos to see a close up view of each.
Please take a new look at our books page, where many of the pages have recently been fleshed out with more and better pictures and substantial descriptions for each book. Now you can really find out what each book contains and why we are pleased to make it available.
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Gregorian Chant Weekend 2013 - Oct. 25-27th. Click here for more info.
New - Art to adorn crypt chapels: St. Mary and St. Gregory.
Clear Creek Abbey is happy to welcome a second painting to adorn our crypt chapels. The first painting, of St. Mary Magdalene, was received in May of 2012 and installed in a chapel dedicated to St. Mary in October of 2012. Just now, in August 2013 we have received another, of St. Gregory the Great, to be installed in another chapel. These paintings add much contemplative beauty to the crypt church.
After many requests, we are pleased to make CD audio books available on our website. You can now find two audio books on our books page, near the bottom: The Imitation of Christ by Thomas á Kempis, and a children's biography of St. Catherine of Siena by Mary Fabyan Windeatt. More CD audio books will soon be made available.
Lessons from a Vatican Latinist - Monsignor Daniel B. Gallagher.
From July 22nd to the 25th, Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey received a very welcome and instructive visit from Msgr. Daniel B. Gallagher, a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord in Michigan, who is currently serving in the Latin Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State in Rome. Msgr. Gallagher is the only American on a seven-member team which translates important Vatican documents (e.g. papal bulls, encyclicals, apostolic letters, etc.) into the Church's universal and official language: Latin. His job also involves creating Latin words for modern inventions, such as discus rigidus for 'hard drive' or aerinavis celerrima for 'jet.' Many thanks to our enthusiastic teacher of Latin, our magister latinitatis: Gratias plurimas agimus tibi, Pater Gallagher!
UPDATES - On the Links page, broken links were repaired and many new "news" links were added.
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Since the middle of 2010, Mr. Andrew Smith has been working to sculpt the limestone of the Abbey Church's Great Portal Tympanum. Just recently in May he completed his task of carving the 12 Apostles along the base of the tympanum. He worked year round and often under adverse conditions. The Photo Album for this work has just been fully updated and reorganized to show the best pictures available, with dated captions and links to articles of interest concerning Mr. Smith's work for Clear Creek. Click here or on the image at left to see this album.
Please take a look at this new liturgical book, which we are happy to offer in Black and Burgundy. It has the best qualities of many of the different hand missals which are available for full and active participation at Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Click here or on the image at right to see more.
NEW Corpus Christi 2013 Photos are posted in the photo gallery - click here to see this event.
In accord with the decree of Pope Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith (click here to read the decree; cf. sections B & C), His Excellency The Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa, designated participation at 10 a.m. High Mass at Clear Creek Abbey for this past Trinity Sunday, May 26th, as an occasion to gain a Plenary Indulgence during the Year of Faith. Many of the faithful assisted at this Mass, fulfilling the conditions for gaining the indulgence. Those on hand joined in beautifully for chanting the Credo III (Profession of Faith) during Mass. Thank you!
On May 13th, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the Benedictine Sisters of Clear Creek had the Inauguration of their new Queen of Angels Priory Convent, which uses the old buildings formerly occupied by the monks, before the construction of the monks' new, current monastery. Nearly 300 were on hand when Holy Mass began at 10:00 am, celebrated by His Excellency, Edward J. Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa. Then followed an open house and reception, which the monks were permitted to attend. Click here to see pictures. After Vespers, the religious enclosure was set. Contact with the world will be kept to a minimum, ensuring the silence and peace that is necessary for their contemplative life. For any questions or for prayer requests, the Sisters can be contacted through their website. Please remember to pray for the Sisters, who are most definitely praying for you and for all the benefactors who have so generously helped them to arrive at this new stage in their growth. Thank you! Deo gratias!
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For three days before the feast of the Ascension, the community and the faithful prayed the traditional litanies of rogation during outdoor processions on the property. Click here or on the image at left to see pictures which show the springtime atmosphere of these tradtional processions (click here to learn more about the rogation days) and the chanted litanies which accompany them, asking Our Lord to guide and bless us from His throne at the right hand of the Father.
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Click here or on the CD image at right to hear the newly posted Audio Samples from our first album of Gregorian chant recorded at Clear Creek Abbey, Ecce Fiat: The Annunciation. You can also read more about this 2012 recording by scrolling further down on this news page. Read a review of this CD in Fanfare Magazine.
Please take a look at these books, which we have made available at the request of many of our friends: Explanation of the Holy Mass, The Solesmes Method for Gregorian Chant and Explanation of The Medal of St. Benedict. Click here or on the images at left to find out more.
Holy Week & Easter 2013 Photos are now posted in the photo gallery - click here to see this event.
During Holy Week, in the last week of March, we received a visit from reporters and photographers at the Daily Oklahoman, who came to gather information for an indepth story about the nature and history of the monastic Christian life and witness which are found at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey. Their efforts resulted in three separate articles dealing with different aspects of our life of liturgical prayer and work, 'ora et labora', including video clips and photos, all of which can be seen by clicking here or on the picture at right. (Please suffer the 30 second unsolicited advertisement preceding the 1.5 minute video about Clear Creek Abbey.)
We have begun offering original works of art for sale on our gift store page. These items are handcrafted by the monks during manual labor time. Click here or on the image at left to see if any works are currently available. There is only one of whatever you might find at a given time, and the kind of artwork for sale will differ according to the talent and skill of the particular artist working in wood, metal, paint, etc. - a different sort of artwork every time as well as one-of-a-kind. Each item will be blessed after purchase, before it is shipped.
Newsletter to Friends - Read the more recent newsletters and catch up on the history of Clear Creek.
Work Day 2013 was a great success! Thank you to all! - see photos.
NEW - Ecce Fiat - Our first Gregorian chant CD
De Maria numquam satis. “Of Mary, there is never enough.” Such was the opinion of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in his day. Such is our own at Clear Creek several centuries later. On May 22-23 of 2012 we recorded Ecce Fiat: The Annunciation, our first CD of Gregorian chant with the help of Chapman Recording & Mastering. The theme of these recordings was the Annunciation, the encounter of the Virgin of Nazareth with the Archangel Gabriel, as recorded in Saint Luke’s Gospel (Chapter 1). This is the mystery under which our monastery was founded. What a joy it was to sing the praises of Our Lady in our own (partially completed) abbatial church. The harsh Oklahoma heat was beginning to make itself felt, as did the wind on the second day of the session, while a mocking bird kept up its relentless vocal scales from a nearby tree. But all of these were the providential circumstances that helped create the musical reality of the day. Read a review of this CD in Fanfare Magazine.
December 13, 2012 - Cardinal Burke celebrated a Pontifical Mass at Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey
Thank you to all those who were able to assist at this event, where His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome, celebrated Holy Mass pontifically. Cardinal Burke was previously Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin diocese (1994-2003) and then Archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri archdiocese (2003-2008), where he distinguished himself by his fidelity to the Church's Magisterium and his support of the traditional Latin Liturgy. Click here to read the Cardinal's homily for this Mass of St. Lucy. Once again, thank you to all, especially to Cardinal Burke and to His Excellency Bishop Edward Slattery for taking the opportunity to visit the abbey and celebrate this solemn liturgy with us! See photos.
Quadruple Solemn Profession Photographs - December 8, 2012 - Please click on the picture below.
New Book - Light & Strength
Clear Creek Abbey has just completed the first English translation of the French original of Light and Strength, the biography of Mother Cécile Bruyère, spiritual daughter of Dom Prosper Guéranger, abbot of Saint-Pierre of Solesmes, Foundress and first abbess of Sainte-Cécile of Solesmes. Now English speakers can come to know the story of this remarkable contemplative nun whose doctrine and influence continue to guide and give growth to the nuns of the Solesmes Congregation.
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Email Update 21 - Gregorian Chant Weekend 2013, Oct 25-27th
Email Update 20 - Artwork to Adorn Crypt Chapels
Email Update 19 - Lessons from a Vatican Latinist
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Video - about Clear Creek Abbey Work Day - Work Day is always the first Saturday in March.