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"If you came this way, taking any route, starting from anywhere, at any time or at any season, it would always be the same: you would have to put off sense and notion. You are not here to verify, instruct yourself, or inform curiosity or carry report. You are here to kneel where prayer has been valid".
T S Eliot - from Little Gidding

"All guests are to be received as Christ ... "

The monastery is a house of the Order of the Holy Cross – an Anglican Benedictine community of men. Individuals and groups may come for a retreat throughout the year. There is a reasonable charge for staying with us, but no one has ever been turned away for the lack of ability to pay.

Three guest houses sit on about 50 hectares of hillside. Paths for walking are cleared and you can meander through the beauty of the Eastern Cape. Bird life is varied and abounding.

The monks pray the Divine Office five times a day, to which the public is invited. The Eucharist is celebrated with the Divine Office of Lauds at 8:00 AM on weekdays. On Sunday, the community gathers for the Eucharist at nine o’clock.


6:00 AM Vigils Wed - Sun
8:00 AM Lauds/Eucharist Tues - Sat.
9:00 AM Eucharist Sun.
12:00 PM Midday Prayers Tues - Sat.
5:30 PM Vespers Tues.-Sun.
7:00 PM Compline Tues - Sat.


Benedictine monasteries are never without guests, and the guesthouse at Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery continues a Benedictine tradition centuries old of offering hospitality to both individuals and groups. We can sleep 24 people in 17 rooms contained in three different guesthouse buildings. We invite individuals and groups of all faiths to come for retreat, or on a bed and breakfast basis.

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Latest Updates (12 April 2014)

Holy Week Schedule

  • Palm Sunday (13 April)
    • 09:00 Eucharist
  • Maundy Thursday (17 April)
    • 19:30 Eucharist followed by All Night Watch
  • Good Friday (18 April)
    • Silent retreat day
    • 12:00 Good Friday Liturgy
  • Holy Saturday (19 April)
    • Schedule as usual
    • No Eucharist
  • Easter Day (20 April)
    • 05:00 Easter Vigil and Eucharist of the Resurrection

Website Updates

In the News section:

  • Appeal for School Bus and Sponsorship. Please read.
  • News by eMail : We have opened an account with Everlytic, which will enable us to stay in touch with you by sending you our news by email.

A gallery of photographs from Br Daniel's Ordination to the Priesthood has been added to the website.

A gallery of photographs from the 2013 Nativity Play at Holy Cross School has been added to the website.

See also:

  • The October 2013 edition of the Uxolo Newsletter has been added to the site for downloading.
  • The 2014 edition of the OHC Ordo has been added to the site for downloading.
  • The 2013 edition of Holy Cross News has been added to the site for downloading. Note that it is a relatively large file (3.19 MB).
  • An online donations facility has been added to the website.