Our Lady Of Mount Carmel:

Elijah and Mount Carmel

In the 9th Century B.C., Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. The Northern Kingdom was threatened by constant war with the Philistines. King Omri arranged a marriage between his son Ahab and Jezebel. Jezebel was the daughter of the king of Sidon in Phonecia and a priestess of Baal. She introduced worship of Baal and Asherah into Israel and brought with her an entourage of false prophets. The worship of these false gods involved sexual immorality and human sacrifice. Ahab and Jezebel also sought to move the center of worship away from Jerusalem. Jezebel also had the prophets of Israel murdered.

Ahab’s reign thus far had been a time of peace and prosperity in Israel. Ahab established peace with Judah. Elijah warns Ahab that God would punish Israel for their sins of idolatry with a drought so severe that not even dew will fall.

There was a terrible drought for three years. Elijah approaches King Ahab who was seeking to arrest him. King Ahab calls Elijah “a disturber of Israel”. Elijah answers that Ahab is responsible for what has befallen Israel because of his idolatry. Elijah promises him that the Lord will provide rain if Ahab he turned away the worship of false gods.


Exhortation:

Elijah implored the people of Israel "How long will you straddle the issue? If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him." The people, however, did not answer him. (1 King 18, 21)


Challenge:


Elijah then challenged the false prophets to a contest. Two altars were prepared with wood and two young bulls. Elijah challenged them to call on their gods and Elijah would call on the name of the Lord. The God who answered with fire was God. Everyone agreed

The false prophets called on their god for hours, hopped around the altar, cut themselves, but Baal was silent. Elijah mocked them: "Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating, or may have retired, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened."

Before Elijah began his prayer he told the people to drench his sacrifice three times with water. Elijah then called on the name of the Lord and the holocaust was consumed. Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said, "The LORD is God! The LORD is God!"

Elijah then had the prophets of Baal executed and rain began to fall. The miracle failed to inspire the people of Israel to overthrow Jezebel who wants revenge. Jezebel vows to have Elijah killed, but Elijah was able to escape.

Mount Carmel

Hermits lived on Mount Carmel since the 12th century near the Cave of Elijah. They dedicated a chapel to the Blessed Virgin Mary and became known as the “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” Pope Honorius approved the rule given by Saint Albert Patriarch of Jerusalem for this new order. The Carmelite Constitution of 1281 claimed that both Jewish and Christian hermits had lived holy and penitent lives there since the time of Elijah.

A Carmelite branch for women began in 1492 by the General of the Order Blessed John Soreth. In 1562, St. Theresa of Avila founded a monastery in Avila Spain from which she led a reform of the order aided by St. John of the Cross.

In 1254, St. Simon Stock was elected Superior-General of the Carmelite Order in London. As a young man he took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined the hermits on Mount Carmel. He then returned to Europe and founded Carmelite communities in University towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and Bologna. St. Simon helped to change the Carmelites from a hermit order to one of mendicant friars.

Like the other mendicant orders, the Franciscans and Dominicans, the Carmelites were under attack as being too radical. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simon on July 16, 1251. As he gave him a brown scapular she said "Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection."


The Brown Scapular:

Another magnificent assurance of Salvation is Our Lady's Brown Scapular. One of the great mysteries of our time is that the great majority of Catholics either ignore or have forgotten the Blessed Virgin Mary's promise that "whoever dies clothed in this (Scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire." She further says: "Wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life." Many Catholics may not know that it is the wish of our Holy Father, the Pope, that the Scapular Medal should not be worn in place of the Cloth Scapular without sufficient reason. Mary cannot be pleased with anyone who substitutes the medal out of vanity or fear to make open profession of religion. Such persons run the risk of not receiving the promise. The medal has never been noted for any of the miraculous preservations attributed to the Brown Cloth Scapular. To obtain the fullest possible benefits from the Brown Scapular devotion, one must be validly invested (sometimes called enrolled) in the Brown Scapular by a priest. Every priest has the privilege of enrolling Catholics in the Scapular. After having received the initial blessed Scapular from a priest, no other Scapular need be blessed before wearing. The blessing and imposition are attached to the wearer for life.

During the Scapular Anniversary celebration in Rome, Pope Pius XII told a very large audience to wear the Brown Scapular as a sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Our Lady asked for this consecration in the last apparition at Fatima, when she appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding the Brown Scapular out to the whole world. It was Her last loving appeal to souls to wear Her Scapular as a sign of Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart.

St. Claude de la Colombiere, the renowned Jesuit and spiritual director of St. Margaret Mary, gives a point which is enlightening. He said: "Because all the forms of our love for the Blessed Virgin, all its various modes of expression cannot be equally pleasing to Her, and therefore do not assist us in the same degree to Heaven. I say without a moments hesitation that the BROWN SCAPULAR IS THE MOST FAVORED OF ALL!" He also adds: "No devotion has been confirmed by more numerous authentic miracles than the Brown Scapular."

The two great founders of their own respective Orders, St. Alphonsus of the Redemptorists and St. Don Bosco of the Salesians – both had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and both wore Her Brown Scapular. When they died, they were buried in their priestly vestments and Scapulars. Many years later, their graves were opened, the bodies and sacred vestments in which they were buried decayed-dust! BUT THE BROWN SCAPULAR WHICH EACH WAS WEARING WAS PERFECTLY INTACT. The Scapular of St. Alphonsus is on exhibit in his monastery in Rome.

We should even give the Scapular to non-Catholics as Our Lady will bring conversions to those who will wear it and say one Hail Mary each day as the following true story will show: An old man was rushed to the St. Simon Stock Hospital in New York City, unconscious and dying. The nurse, seeing the Brown Scapular on the patient, called the priest. As he was saying the prayers for the dying, the man became conscious and spoke up: "Father, I am not a Catholic." "Then why are you wearing the Brown Scapular?" asked the priest. "I promised my friends to wear it," the patient explained, "and say one Hail Mary a day." "You are dying," the priest told him. "Do you want to become a Catholic?" "All my life I wanted to be one," the gasping man replied. He was baptized, received the last rites and died in peace. Our Lady took another soul under Her mantle, through Her SCAPULAR!

The devils revealed to Francis of Yepes, the brother of St. John of the Cross that three things especially tormented them. The first is the NAME OF JESUS; the second, the NAME OF MARY; and third, THE BROWN SCAPULAR OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. "Take off that habit," they cried to him, "which snatches too many souls from us. All those clothed in it die piously and escape us."

"The Scapular must be worn on the shoulders in such a manner that one part hangs in front of the body and the other in back. Worn in any other way it carries no indulgence or promise."

The Sabbatine Privilege

The Scapular even extends to Purgatory.  The name Sabbatine Privilege is derived from the apocryphal Bull "Sacratissimo uti culmine" of Pope John XXII, 3 March, 1322. Through the Sabbatine Privilege, we can be released from Purgatory on the first Saturday (Sabbath) after death. There are three requirements to make oneself eligible for this privilege: 1st, we must wear the Scapular; 2nd, observe Chastity according to our state of life and 3rd, recite the Little Office of Our Blessed Mother (The Rosary can be substituted for the office by obtaining permission from a priest.) Our Lady revealed to Venerable Dominic of Jesus and Mary: "Although many wear my Scapular, only a few fulfill conditions for the Sabbatine Privilege." We maintain the majority don't know them. It is an act of charity to make the Sabbatine Privilege known to all. A soul from Purgatory was asked by a Sister: "What is the average stay of the souls in Purgatory?" The Poor Soul answered: "From thirty to forty years!" Can you see the importance of making Our Lady's Privilege knownif you consider that the flames are the same as the fires of Hell!

A last reminder – we give you the message of one pastor. He said: "If I were positive that all my parishioners died wearing the Brown Scapular, I would be most certain that we would all meet in Heaven." If this pastor can be so certain about his parishioners, why can't all pastors be just as certain? Give your pastor this circular. Why can't every father and mother be certain of their children, family and friends? Explain to them the SCAPULAR PROMISE and the SABBATINE PRIVILEGE. Heed Our Lady's wish: "DRESS THEM WITH THE GARMENT OF MY SCAPULAR, AND LEAD THEM TO MY SON, YOUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!"

A scapular consists of two pieces of cloth, one worn on the chest, and the other on the back, which were connected by straps or strings passing over the shoulders. Over the years the Church has encouraged all Catholics to wear a scapular that is usually worn under one’s clothing. Pope John Paul II revealed that he wore one. There is an investiture ceremony that should be done by a priest.

One of the conditions of Our Lady for the fulfillment of the promises associated the scapular (the Sabbatine privilege) is to observe chastity according to one’s state of life. That will be different for a married person than someone who is single.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is an antidote for the culture of death today. On Mount Carmel Elijah called the people of Israel to abandon the worship of false gods and the associated sexual immorality and human sacrifice associated with it.

In many ways the United States and Europe are like Israel in the times of Elijah. Compared to former times we live in an age of peace and prosperity, but many abandoned the worship of the true God and follow false gods of materialism, pleasure, absolute personal autonomy.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel calls us to stop straddling the issue of who is the real God. We cannot have one foot in the culture of death that tolerates the killing of unborn children by abortion and other attacks on life, chastity and the family and be a true Christian.

Please join me in praying the following to Our Lady of Mount Carmel for an end to the culture of death in the United States and throughout the world:

Prayer:

O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein 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 succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother. Our Lady, Queen and beauty of Carmel, pray for me and obtain my requests. Sweet Mother, I place this cause into your hands.


 



Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Dr. Alexander Roman

Prayer

To you, our Champion Leader, the Enclosed Garden and sacred Temple of the Most Holy Trinity, do we come seeking Thy Motherly Protection against all adversities. Having been called to the Holy Mountain of Carmel, we behold in awe and praise unceasingly its most beautiful Flower, the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley that gave birth to God the Word as the true Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, singing:

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!


Meditation

Your Holy Prophet Elias saw you pre-figured in the light cloud upon which the Heavenly Dew came down to make fruitful the dryness of our souls. Empowered by the Spirit in the two-part mantle of your Protection, the prophet calls all to the Holy Mountain of the Lord, crying:

Rejoice, Summit of Divine Joy!

Rejoice, Height of Heavenly Radiance!

Rejoice, Peak of Holiness and Perfection!

Rejoice, Gentle Cloud on which Christ descended to earth!

Rejoice, Golden Fleece bringing the Dew of Spiritual Refreshment!

Rejoice, Desert Rock flowing with the Waters of Salvation!

Rejoice, Unmovable Wall of Protection!

Rejoice, bestowing on us your Mantle of spiritual defense!

Rejoice, our good defense at the dread judgement seat of Christ!

Rejoice, Never-fading Bloom!

Rejoice, Ever-Fragrant Rose!

Rejoice, Most Pure Lily!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!


Prayer:

Your prophet, Elias, performed many wonders with the miraculous Cloak that he wore upon his shoulders as a Mantle of Protection. By it, God deigned to place a guard in front of him and at his back by which the darts of the evil one and all his temptations are put to flight. Made of the hide of a dead animal, Elias was reminded by it that we must be dead to the world in order to be alive to God, singing: Alleluia!


Meditation:

O Most Holy Mother of God, we rejoice in God our Saviour Who covers us with the Divine Protection of your prayers. Pondering your great benevolence in granting us a visible symbol, so like the Mantle of Elias, of your great care for us as the Body of Christ and our true spiritual Mother, we cry out:

Rejoice, Heavenly Mantle clothing us in the Power of the Spirit!

Rejoice, making unseen our spiritual nakedness and weakness!

Rejoice, for we are made happy under the wings of your Protection!

Rejoice, for in your Scapular, God has clothed us in the garments of salvation!

Rejoice, for you have wrapped us in the Cloak of integrity!

Rejoice, for we have become like a bridegroom wearing his wreath!

Rejoice, for we are like brides adorned in her jewels!

Rejoice, for through you the Spirit of the Lord is given to us!

Rejoice, for by you the Lord anoints us!

Rejoice, for He sends us, your children, to bring good news to the poor!

Rejoice, for you give us a commission to bind up hearts that are broken!

Rejoice, for we are enlivened to proclaim a year of favor from the Lord!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer:

Your holy Prophet of Carmel, Elias struck the waters with his Mantle and the water divided left and right so that both Elias and Eliseus could cross over the river dry-shod. Eliseus begged his teacher, Elias, for a double share of his spirit and, in response, Elias said, "If you see me while I am being taken from you, it shall be as you ask." Pondering God's unknowable ways, we sing: Alleluia!


Meditation:

A chariot of fire appeared taking the Prophet Elias to heaven in a whirlwind. Eliseus grabbed hold of Elias' Mantle, shouting: My father! Chariot of Israel and its chargers! And the Mantle of Elias, torn in two, fell back on the shoulders of Eliseus. Bowing before this mystery that prefigured the Divine Incarnation, we cry:

Rejoice, Chariot of Fire, on which the Saviour of the world came down to us!

Rejoice, Unburning Bush in Whom God the Uncontained was contained!

Rejoice, New Ark of the Covenant of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Rejoice, for meditating on your Ascent to the Lord after your Dormition, we receive a double share of your Protection!

Rejoice, for by it you cover our hearts against fiery darts!

Rejoice, for by it you cover us front and back and place your hand over us!

Rejoice, for your Prophet Elias foretold your coming in a cave on Mount Carmel!

Rejoice, for you fulfilled his prophecy, filling us with unspeakable joy!

Rejoice, for you are the Star of the Sea, guiding us into a Divine safe-harbor!

Rejoice, for you put on us the swaddling-clothes of Divine Grace!

Rejoice, for your Divine Son bequeaths you to us as our Most Holy Mother!

Rejoice, for you fill us with the Wine of Astonishment!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Spendour of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer

The Divine Prophet Ezekiel foretold the blessing of your Mantle of Protection, o Most Holy Mother of Carmel, in your Scapular when he cried: "I spread part of my cloak over you and covered your nakedness. I bound myself by oath, I made a covenant with you - it is the Lord who speaks - and you became mine." Pondering the Divine mysteries of long ago, we sing: Alleluia!


Meditation

We join with the Prophet Ezekiel in pondering the rich treasury of Grace that your most holy Mantle of Carmel sends down on us who have put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Praying unceasingly for your intercession before the Throne of Almighty God, we cry:

Rejoice, for through you God has bathed us in water, and anointed us with oil!

Rejoice, for through you God has given us a cloak of heavenly silk!

Rejoice, for He has bestowed on us a necklace for our throats!

Rejoice, for you have put on us a Divine diadem on our head!

Rejoice, for by you we are loaded with spiritual gold and silver!

Rejoice, for you place on us fine linen with embroidery!

Rejoice, for your food is the finest flour, honey and oil!

Rejoice, for you grow more and more beautiful!

Rejoice, for you rose to be Queen of Heaven and Earth!

Rejoice, for the fame of your beauty is throughout the nations!

Rejoice, for the Lord Himself has clothed you with His own splendor!

Rejoice, for it is the Lord Himself that has made you perfect!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven, and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer:

The Apostle to the Gentile, Saint Paul, foretold your Divine Mantle of Protection, O Most Holy Mother of Carmel, when he proclaimed that we are to clothe ourselves with the new man. We are emboldened in this struggle for we have your maternal love and constant intercession to help us, as we cry: Alleluia!


Meditation:

O Most Holy Mother of Carmel, having learned the truth in the Lord Jesus, the Apostle to the Gentile calls us to give up all illusory desires and cling, instead, to the Way of God, that is goodness and holiness of truth. Taking hold of our high calling as sharers in the Royal Priesthood of Christ, we sing:

Rejoice, for your Mantle reminds us that we have put on the Lord Jesus Christ!

Rejoice, for your Grace aids us in making no provision for the flesh!

Rejoice, for we live protected under the wings of your Cloak of sure defense!

Rejoice, for you renew in us our minds in conformity with that which is in your Son!

Rejoice, O Guide in the Way, the Truth and the Life!

Rejoice, for you, the Enclosed Garden, grant us Divine flowers of grace!

Rejoice, for you make us grow strong in the Lord!

Rejoice, for you pray for us day and night!

Rejoice, for you are our constant aid!

Rejoice, O Mountain Unquarried!

Rejoice, O Rock Unhewn!

Rejoice, O Mother of the Cornerstone!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer:

The Apostle admonishes us to put on the armor of God to resist the tactics of the evil one. Your scapular, O Most Holy Mother of God, encircles us with Divine protection. By it, we are made strong, as the great spiritual strugglers of the desert, in vanquishing the wiles of the devil, singing unceasingly: Alleluia!


Meditation:

It is not against human enemies that we struggle, but against sovereignties and powers who originate the darkness in this world, the spiritual army of evil, as the Apostle warns us. Relying on God's armor, signified by your Scapular of Mount Carmel, O Mother of the Redeemer, we sing:

Rejoice, Most Holy General, commanding us with unfailing spiritual strategy!

Rejoice, Leader in the day of battle, assisting us to hold our ground!

Rejoice, bestower of spiritual resources in our constant struggle with evil!

Rejoice, buckling truth around our waist!

Rejoice, granting us a breastplate of integrity!

Rejoice, putting on us the shoes of spiritual eagerness for the Gospel!

Rejoice, giving us the shield of faith!

Rejoice, defending us against the fiery arrows of the evil one!

Rejoice, placing on us the helmet of salvation!

Rejoice, arming us with the Sword of the Spirit!

Rejoice, empowering us with the Word of God!

Rejoice, inspiring us in the constant invocation of the Name of Jesus!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer:

A woman suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years and spent all her money on useless medicines. Seeing your Son and our Lord Jesus Christ, she said to herself, "If I can touch even the edge of His garment, I shall be healed." Touching it with faith, the woman immediately felt herself to be cured. Awed by the great power and love for mankind of your Son, O Most Holy Mother of God, we cry: Alleluia!


Meditation:

Your Son immediately felt His Healing Power go out of him and asked who it was that touched him, even though there were many crowds pressing Him on all sides. Approaching with fear, the woman fell in humility before Him to receive His words of consolation that her faith had restored her health. Joining with her in thanking our Lord, we sing:

Rejoice, for your Mantle of Protection heals with Grace all who touch it with faith!

Rejoice, for the Lord Jesus has wrought many miracles by it to this day!

Rejoice, for by it you strengthen our faith!

Rejoice, for you clothe us with a powerful sign!

Rejoice, for we reach out to your Mantle in hope!

Rejoice, for you never leave us without your help!

Rejoice, for your Mantle resounds in the four corners of the earth!

Rejoice, for its four corners signify the Gospels of your Son!

Rejoice, for its fringes symbolize the dripping Oil of Gladness!

Rejoice, for the Oil of Compunction has bedewed us to the very edges of the garment!

Rejoice, for it is like the dew of Hermon!

Rejoice, for it descends upon the Mountains of Zion where the Lord commanded the blessing - life forevermore.

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!


Prayer:

O Most Holy Mother of God, your servant, Simon, lived in a hollow oak tree at Aylesford in England, serving the Lord and praying to you night and day. Afflicted by the temptation to despair, he prayed all the more, begging your quick intercession and sure assistance. Joining with him, we confidently sing: Alleluia!


Meditation:

Your servant, Saint Simon of the Tree Stock, was shown to be another Melodist in praising you and invoking your motherly Protection as the Sovereign Lady of Mount Carmel. Having won your favour, he rejoiced to have his prayers answered by you, his only hope after God. Bowing our heads in praying with him, we too hymn:

Rejoice, Childbearing yet maiden, with none who equals you!

Rejoice, Mother so tender, bestowing your favors on Carmel's children!

Rejoice, O strong Stem of Jesse, Star of the Sea!

Rejoice, Who bore the Bright Flower!

Rejoice, Purest of Lilies that flowers among thorns!

Rejoice, bringing help to the heart that in weakness turns to you!

Rejoice, Strongest of armor with might invincible!

Rejoice, calling to thee from under your Mantle!

Rejoice, Unfailing counsel to those who trust in you!

Rejoice, O Gentle Mother who in Carmel reigns!

Rejoice, Sharing with your servants the gladness that you gained!

Rejoice, Gate of Heaven, who with glory is now crowned!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer:

Your holy servant, Saint Simon of the Stock, was granted to see you, O Most Holy Mother of God, extending over him and over the entire family of Mount Carmel, your Mantle of Protection. Placing on themselves the brown Scapular as a sign of this, your seal and sign of your Protection, your children in Carmel glory in the unfailing protection of your prayers at the Throne of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in life and in death. Awed by this revealed sign of salvation and protection, we sing: Alleluia!


Meditation:

The brown colour of your scapular, Most Holy Mother of God, teaches us that we must remain dead to the world and in constant prayer as we shall return to the dust of the earth. Its white color symbolizes the purity of holiness that all your children are to partake of as they ascend up the Holy Mountain of Carmel. Clothed with the majesty of your protection and constant intercession, we sing:

Rejoice, for thus speaks the Wisdom of God!

Rejoice, for you love those who love and honor you!

Rejoice, for those who seek you eagerly will find you!

Rejoice, for with you are riches and honor!

Rejoice, for you grant wealth and justice!

Rejoice, for the Fruit you give is better than gold, even the finest!

Rejoice, for the return you make is better than pure silver!

Rejoice, for you walk in the way of virtue!

Rejoice, for you travel the paths of justice!

Rejoice, for you enrich all your children!

Rejoice, for you fill them up with your treasuries!

Rejoice, for you bring us to the land of Carmel to eat its fruits and good things!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!


Prayer:

At the Wedding at Cana in Galilee, the young couple ran to your intercession upon seeing they were without wine. The Lord Jesus deigned to give us a memorial for all times concerning the power of your intercession with Him, and adhered to your will, even though His time for miracles had not yet come. Marveling at the condescension of the Son of God in granting you every favor on our behalf, we gratefully hymn: Alleluia!


Meditation:

It is through you, O Most Holy Mother of God, that we receive the Mystic Wine that drips from the Divine Cluster fastened to the Precious Cross of our Salvation. As at the Wedding in Cana, you always teach us to do all that the Lord Jesus tells us, listening to His Words and, with ready wills, hastening to fulfill His commandments. Glorifying God Who came to us through you, we sing:

Rejoice, Ladder on which the Son of God came down to earth!

Rejoice, for on that same Ladder we are brought up to Him in Heaven!

Rejoice, for in your Womb was contained Christ the Uncontainable!

Rejoice, Field of rich, black earth in which grew the Untilled Wheat!

Rejoice, Woman clothed with the Sun!

Rejoice, for you have crushed the serpent under your feet!

Rejoice, for you bear a Crown of Twelve Stars upon your head!

Rejoice, for Divine Grace flows from your hands!

Rejoice, for through you we have Communion of the Most Precious and Most Holy Body and Blood of your Son, Christ our God!

Rejoice, through whom God saved sinful humanity!

Rejoice, for you are the Gate through which all the righteous enter!

Rejoice, for Christ grants every request that you make on our behalf!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!


Prayer:

Your holy Mount of Carmel has become a spiritual garden in which saintly seeds have taken firm root, O Mother of God! Originally gathered around the Spring of Elias near the Shrine he established in honour of you as the "Mother of the Messiah to come," your children of Carmel have gone into the entire world as preachers of your Mantle of Protection and of you - as she who ponders the Gospel in her heart. And we ponder these things in our own hearts, as we quietly intone: Alleluia!


Meditation:

Those who have eaten and taken their fill of the Divine Fruits of holiness and grace in the Garden of Carmel, O Most Holy Mother, have received great spiritual vibrancy and energy for the spread of the Gospel of your Son, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amazed at the great things you have inspired your saints to do for the building up of the Body of Christ, we sing:

Rejoice, who was foretold by the Prophets Elias and Eliseus!

Rejoice, who called Albert the Patriarch to bring together your children on Carmel!

Rejoice, Consolation of Simon of the Stock!

Rejoice, Joy of all Joys of Brocard!

Rejoice, Fortitude of Denis and Redemptus!

Rejoice, Rapture of Angelus!

Rejoice, Inspiration of John of the Cross!

Rejoice, Mainstay of Teresa of Avila!

Rejoice, Love of Therese of Lisieux!

Rejoice, Strength of Edith Stein!

Rejoice, Spiritual Vision of Elizabeth of the Trinity!

Rejoice, Mantle of Protection of all your children of Carmel!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!


Prayer:

Your Mantle of Protection through your scapular is extended to all your servants who come to your assistance throughout the world, O Most Holy Mother of Carmel. Its brown and white colours remind all of them to be dead to the world so as to be alive in Christ for God. We all have your intercession to be our light in a world filled with darkness and we praise you exceedingly, singing: Alleluia!


Meditation:

Emboldened with the emblem of your constant, heavenly Protection, O Mother of Carmel, we invoke your aid in all our spiritual struggles and for the entire Church that is the Body of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. We wear your scapular as a reminder of your very arms placed lovingly on us as we go forth to fulfill Christ's commandments and His Divine Will for our salvation and that of the entire world. Ever looking to you with faith and love as our true Mother, we exclaim:

Rejoice, O Helper in all our necessities!

Rejoice, O Holy Mountain that leads us up to Heaven!

Rejoice, O Rock uncleft from which flow the Divine Watersprings!

Rejoice, O Guide in all adversities, quickly freeing us from them!

Rejoice, O Foundation of all our hope!

Rejoice, O Precious Gift to us by Christ from the Cross!

Rejoice, Who works miracles still through your wonder-working Icons!

Rejoice, for your Icon of Mount Carmel at Naples flows healing for all!

Rejoice, for even holy copies of your Icon throughout the world drenches all with the wondrous Dew from Heaven!

Rejoice, for as at Constantinople, you cover us with your Mantle of Protection against the foes of the City of God!

Rejoice, for you are our sure hope!

Rejoice, for we will not cease to invoke you until we have entered the Gates of Paradise!

Rejoice, O Most Beautiful Flower of Carmel, Splendor of Heaven and Fruitful Vine richly laden with Blossoms Divine!

Prayer:
We glory in wearing your holy habit, which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death and even after death.

Meditation:

O Most Holy Mother of God of Mount Carmel! Accept from us, your sinful children, this little hymn of praise. Cover us with your Mantle of Protection and grant us the grace to wear your holy Scapular of Mount Carmel always, praying unceasingly to the Lord Jesus and to you. May we become beacons of the Light bearing good works to draw the world to Christ and His Holy Church, glorifying the Father Who is in Heaven. May we become your worthy children and servants of our Lord, God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, as we are guided by you up the Mountain to the Throne of His Divine Glory, where we will join with you in singing the eternal hymn of praise: Alleluia! (three times)

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

We come to you, Most Holy Mother of God, to praise you and to ask that all those who place themselves under the Mantle of your Protection in the Holy Scapular of Carmel may be clothed in Christ by the Grace of the Holy Spirit.

May we who wear the Scapular put on the Lord Jesus Christ by being living members of the family of Carmel by our prayers, sacrifices, struggles and good works. May we be clothed with your virtues, O Most Holy Virgin Mary, as we listen to the Word of God and live it daily. May we be enlightened in contemplation, joyous in community and most zealous in the service of others in Christ.

O Most Holy Mother of God! By your intercession may we who wear the Scapular lead our lives in such a way that we will always be ready to enter into the assembly of the Saints, wearing the Bridal Clothes of those who rejoice eternally at the Table of the Divine Bridegroom.

For you are the Queen who stands at His Right Hand, whose glory is all within and whose clothing is woven with gold. It is God Himself Who has made your name to be remembered in all generations and His people shall praise you forever!
Amen.

 

Novena of Our Lady of Moaunt Carmel:

First Day
O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!

(Mention your request here)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Second Day
Most Holy Mary, Our Mother, in your great love for us you gave us the Holy Scapular of Mount Carmel, having heard the prayers of your chosen son Saint Simon Stock. Help us now to wear it faithfully and with devotion. May it be a sign to us of our desire to grow in holiness.

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Third Day
O Queen of Heaven, you gave us the Scapular as an outward sign by which we might be known as your faithful children. May we always wear it with honor by avoiding sin and imitating your virtues. Help us to be faithful to this desire of ours.

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fourth Day
When you gave us, Gracious Lady, the Scapular as our Habit, you called us to be not only servants, but also your own children.

We ask you to gain for us from your Son the grace to live as you children in joy, peace and love. (Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Fifth Day
O Mother of Fair Love, through your goodness, as your children, we are called to live in the spirit of Carmel. Help us to live in charity with one another, prayerful as Elijah of old, and mindful of our call to minister to God's people.

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Sixth Day
With loving provident care, O Mother Most Amiable, you covered us with your Scapular as a shield of defense against the Evil One.

Through your assistance, may we bravely struggle against the powers of evil, always open to your Son Jesus Christ.

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Seventh Day
O Mary, Help of Christians, you assured us that wearing your Scapular worthily would keep us safe from harm. Protect us in both body and soul with your continual aid. May all that we do be pleasing to your Son and to you.

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Eighth Day
You give us hope, O Mother of Mercy, that through your Scapular promise we might quickly pass through the fires of purgatory to the Kingdom of your Son. Be our comfort and our hope.

Grant that our hope may not be in vain but that, ever faithful to your Son and to you, we may speedily enjoy after death the blessed company of Jesus and the saints.

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

Ninth Day
O Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, when asked by a saint to grant privileges to the family of Carmel, you gave assurance of your Motherly love and help to those faithful to you and to your Son.

Behold us, your children.

We glory in wearing your holy habit, which makes us members of your family of Carmel, through which we shall have your powerful protection in life, at death and even after death.

Look down with love, O Gate of Heaven, on all those now in their last agony!

Look down graciously, O Virgin, Flower of Carmel, on all those in need of help!

Look down mercifully, O Mother of our Savior, on all those who do not know that they are numbered among your children.

Look down tenderly, O Queen of All Saints, on the poor souls!

(Mention your request here)

Say: Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ!



LITANY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL


Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
pray for us.

BEFORE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING SALUTATIONS SAY:

"Our Lady of Mount Carmel,"
AND AFTERWARDS: "Pray for us Sinners."

Queen of Heaven,
Victorious over Satan,
Most Obedient Daughter,
Most Pure Virgin,
Devoted Spouse,
Mother Most Tender,
Model of Perfect Virtue,
Sure Anchor of Hope,
Refuge in Sorrow,
Dispensatrix of the Gifts of God,
Bastion Against Our Enemies,
Our Aid in Danger,
The Way Leading to Jesus,
Our Light in Darkness,
Our Consolation at the Hour of Death,
Advocate of the Most Abandoned Sinners,
For the Hardened in Vice,
For Those who Offend Thy Divine Son,
For Those Who Neglect to Pray,
For Those Who are in Agony,
For Those Who Defer Their Conversion,
For Those Suffering in Purgatory,
For Those Who Do Not Know Thee.
 
Let Us Pray.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, glorious Queen of Angels, channel of God's tenderest mercy to man, refuge and advocate of sinners, with confidence I prostrate myself before thee, beseeching thee to obtain for me [Mention request silently]. In return I solemnly promise to have recourse to thee in all my trials, sufferings and temptations, and I shall do all in my power to induce others to love and reverence thee and to invoke thee in all their needs. I thank thee for the numberless blessings which I have received from thy mercy and powerful intercession. Continue to be my shield in danger, my guide in life, and my consolation at the hour of death. Amen.
 
INTERCESSORY LITANY OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS


Lord, have mercy on us.
 Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
 Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
 Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
 Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
 Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
    pray for us sinners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Queen of Heaven,
    pray for us sinners.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, vanquisher of Satan, etc.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most dutiful Daughter,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most pure Virgin,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most devoted Spouse,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, most tender Mother,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, perfect model of virtue,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, sure anchor of hope,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, refuge in affliction,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, dispenser of God's gifts,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, tower of strength against our foes,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our aid in danger,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, road leading to Jesus,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our light in darkness,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our consolation at the hour of death,
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, advocate of the most abandoned sinners,

For those hardened in vice,
 With confidence we come to thee,
 O Lady of Mount Carmel.
For those who grieve thy Son,
 With confidence we come to thee,
 O Lady of Mount Carmel.
For those who neglect to pray, etc.
For those who are in their agony,
For those who delay their conversion,
For those suffering in Purgatory,
For those who know thee not,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
 Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
 Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
 Have mercy on us.

V. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Hope of the Despairing,
R. Intercede for us with thy Divine Son.
 
Amen:

 

 

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