Friday, July 16, 2010

Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt Carmel

"When on the holy day of Pentecost the Apostles, through heavenly inspiration, spake in foreign tongues, and worked many wonders by the invocation of the most sacred Name of Jesus; it is said that many men, who were walking in the footsteps of the holy prophets Elias and Eliseus, and had been prepared for the coming of Christ by the heralding of John the Baptist, saw and were assured of the truth.  They at once embraced the faith of the Gospel, and began to venerate the most blessed Virgin (whose conversation and familiar intercourse they were happily able to enjoy) with a certain peculiar affection, so that they, before all others, built a chapel to that purest of Virgins on that very spot of Mount Carmel where Elias of old had seen a cloud arising, a remarkable symbol of the Virgin.

Therefore many times each day they came together to the new oratory, and with pious ceremonies, prayers, and praises honoured the most blessed Virgin as the special protectress of their Order.  For this reason, they began to be called the brethren of Our Lady of Mount Carmel everywhere, and by all; and the supreme Pontiffs not only confirmed this title, but also granted special indulgences to whomsoever should call either the whole Order or individual brethren by that name.  But the most noble Virgin not only gave them such a great title and patronage, but also the badge of the holy scapular.  This she bestowed upon blessed Simon the Englishman, so that the sacred Order might be differentiated by this heavenly vesture, and be protected by it from the evils that were assailing it.  And finally, since of old the Order was unknown in Europe, and on this account many were importuning Honorius III for its abolition, the most tender Virgin Mary appeared by night to Honorius, and distinctly commanded him to receive both the institute and its members with kindness.

The most blessed Virgin by many privileges hath distinguished this Order which is so acceptable to her, not only in this world, but also in another world (since everywhere her power and her mercy count for very much).  For it is piously believed, that those of her children who, having been enrolled in the Confraternity of the Scapular, have observed the slight abstinence and have said the few prayers prescribed, and have observed chastity as far as their state of life doth demand, will certainly be comforted by her maternal affection while they are being purified in the fire of Purgatory, and will through her intercession be taken thence as soon as possible to the heavenly fatherland.  Therefore the Order, laden with so many and such great favours, hath instituted a solemn Commemoration of the most blessed Virgin, to be celebrated year by year in perpetual observance, to the glory of that same Virgin."

-- From the 1911 Breviary of St Pius X
The same entry, with a handful of words changed, is found in the 1966 Discalced Carmelite Proper

** Statue of Our Blessed Mother in the Cathedral of Cádiz, Spain

Queen and Mother of Carmel, pray for us!


Anne said...

Happy Feast Day! The statue is gorgeous!

Rosemarie said...

Happy Feast Day. May Our Lady of Mt. Carmel watch over you always and lead you safely to her Son, Christ our Lord.