Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Prelude to the second reading at Vigils (Office of Readings):

Sacred Scripture celebrated the beauty of Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the purity of Israel’s faith in the living God. In the twelfth century, hermits withdrew to that mountain and later founded the Carmelite Order devoted to the contemplative life under the patronage of Mary, the holy Mother of God.

The Feastday of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is kept with great joy by Carmelites active and contemplative. We remember Mary and we remember the holy men and women, doctors and reformers of the church, who have come through the Order and taught us so much.

It is kept with great joy by the laity, as well. Especially, it seems, in the streets of Brookyn! Go watch that video; it’s a riot, but it’s also moving; it’s cultural, it’s religious, it’s traditional, it’s neighborhood-building. It’s a good thing. I bet Mary would like it! Deacon Greg has the whole story

Also, today, some of us who wear the Brown Scapular (the giving of which is commemorated, today), will replace their old, worn scapular with a new one. I won’t, yet. I credit the faithfully penitential wearing of my tiny hair shirt an abundance of graces and a wholly different outlook in my life. I think I will wear this one until it just can’t be worn, anymore!

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  • http://www.fromthepulpitofmylife.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    The Carmelites are a much larger family that includes, but is not limited to the OCD branch.
    I am a Lay Carmelite of the Order of Carmelites of the Ancient Observance. We attach “OCarm” rather than “OCD” after our names. OCarm’s are the Carmelites who went to Mount Carmel in the 12th century. Today we, too, celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In fact I’m leaving in a few minutes to join my fellow Carmelites for Mass. Happy feast day!

    Here are some websites that mention the OCarm’s: 1)link, 2)link, 3) link, 4) my province is The Most Pure Heart of Mary, <a href="http://carmelnet.org/"<link.

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  • Steve Newark

    Where can i purchase a ‘hair shirt’, please and thanks.

  • http://www.fromthepulpitofmylife.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    I am a Lay Carmelite, Elizabeth. I belong to the “OCarm’s,” the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance who settled on Mount Carmel in the 12th century. We are also celebrating today’s feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

    Here is the website of my Province, The Most Pure Heart of Mary, link. It is very informative. And this is a link to our worldwide website, link. I hope you will enjoy getting to know us.

    Happy feast day!

  • http://marysaggies.blogspot.com/ Marcel LeJeune

    One of my favorite feasts, not only because it is Marian – but it is my birthday.

  • http://www.fromthepulpitofmylife.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    Sorry about the URLs and the double posting. Call me confused!

  • Emkay

    Masculine spirituality, literally on parade. Seeing the faith and devotion of those men has made my eyes fill with tears – and I’m not even Italian. It seems they often do this in memory of a loved one, the way my brother-in-law makes a short drive to the cemetery on Sunday mornings to drink his morning coffee as he sits by his father’s grave.

  • Robert

    Buy yourself some old fashion burlap, or some itchy wool fabric and sew it, or have it sewn, into an undergarment, like a sleeveless undershirt.

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  • gb

    The Lay Carmelites in Mphs sponsored an enrollment in the Scapular ceremony for anyone who wanted yesterday. About 50 people took the opportunity. It was a simple & moving ceremony. One thing I learned is that, once a person is enrolled, each new scapular that you wear doesn’t have to be blessed bc the blessing goes with the person, not the scapular per se. I just LOVE our faith!

  • http://www.byzcath.org/stjohnchrysostom Vito

    Today, for the 115rh consecutive year, the Mount Carmel Society of Lowellville, Ohio celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
    The church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was packed for Mass after the procession from the Society hall arrived with the statue of Our Lady accompagnied by Society members and a band.
    Things change. Years ago the procession route was much longer with set stops for refreshments along the way. Today’s version is much truncated. The Mass with 7 or so priests in attendance, included readings in both Italian and English, along with hymns in Italian.
    One of the characteristic features of the “Celebration” as it is known here, is the “Babydoll Dance.” You can read a brief article and see a brief video of it here:link
    The Celebration concludes with an impressive fireworks display put on by the Zambelli Company of New Castle, PA.
    Buona Festa!

  • gb

    Well, I have to say, I always learn something reading the Anchoress. I never heard of Babydoll Dance & I’m still not quite sure how it relates to Our Lady of Mt carmel but it was fascinating to watch. I kept waiting for the firework-arms to catch the papier mache body on fire & the poor guy inside to come screaming out of it…

  • sam

    As an OCDS (Carmelite hermit in vows), I beg to make a correction to your reference of the Brown Scapular as a “hair shirt”. There is no creditability in that whatsoever. The Brown Scapular was given by Our Lady of Carmel to Simon Stock, Superior General of the Carmelites in the 13th C when the Order was under attack from w/in and w/o the Church. It was given precisely to be worn as a sign of Our Lady’s protection, thus going over the head to cover front and back, implying total protection for the person wearing it. It has never been considered anything but that honor which was conferred on Scapular wearers. No way has it been seen as penitential. To claim so does Our Mother and Queen of Carmel an injustice. Rather the Brown Scapular declares her abiding motherly love.

    [If you read me correctly you will know that I was referencing my own relationship to the scapular, and was not calling it a true "hair shirt." -admin]