This Friday, 16th July, is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. We will livestream the 5.45pm Mass. I know there are many of you who have been enrolled in the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel. We enrol our school children every year when they return from their school holidays; this year they will receive the Scapular on Thursday 29th July.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This is the patronal feast of the Carmelite Order, celebrated by them since about 1376, and by the Universal Church since 1726. Throughout Carmelite history, Mount Carmel has been the place of Mary’s glory, just as Mount Tabor was the place of Christ’s Transfiguration. The Prophet Elijah lived on Mount Carmel with a colony of hermits in Old Testament times, and they were succeeded much later by Christian hermits, who later migrated to Europe as the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Carmelite Friars serve at Infant Jesus Parish in Morley WA, and the Carmelite Cloistered Nuns pray for us from their monasteries in the Archdiocese of Perth and the Diocese of Bunbury.
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to help me. Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (Here name your petition; then pray one Hail, Mary.)