Behold the Standard of the King

Behold the Standard of the King

From the Latin Hymn 'Vexilla Regis Prodeunt', which we sing at Vespers during Holy Week:

Hail, holy altar, victim hail,
for all the glory of that cross;
by which Life chose and welcomed death,
and dying gave us life once more.

Hail, Holy Cross, our only hope,
wash all our guilt and crimes away;
increase our grace while we adore,
the mystery of Passiontide.

All blessings as we enter into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Redeemer King,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux



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.