The fascade

The identifying signs of our Monastery are found it its fascade. In the keystone of the stone arch at the entrance of the monastery, one finds a sculpted cross from which hang the Greek letters Α and Ω. I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. (Revelations 1: 8) The relief carving reproduces a mozarabic cross which comes from the Hermitage of St. Fructus, in the ancient Monastery of San Pedro de los Montes.

Above the cross, carved in stone, one may read the latin inscription taken from the Gregorian antiphone. Translated into English, it means: Be holy, says the Lord and may your numbers be increased in order to pray for my people in this place. Words to live by!

Our way of life is guided by the Rule of St. Benedict, whose figure crowns the fascade. He conceived the monastic life not to be an esthetic one, but rather intensely dynamic. Therefore, let us arise without delay, the Scriptures stirring us: It is now the hour for us to awake from sleep. Let us open our eyes to the Divine light and attentively hear the Divine voice, calling and exhorting us daily: Today if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts; and again, He who has ears, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. And what does He say? Come you children, and listen to Me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Run where you have the light, lest the shadows of death come upon you. (The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue)