Traditional Catholic pilgrimage in New York City
Traditional Catholic pilgrimage in New York City

On Saturday July 21, 20012, at 11 a.m., there will be celebrated at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Harlem, New York, a Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass at the altar of the Pontifically Crowned Madonna on the occasion of a pilgrimage being made that day by faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite.

There have been several documented miracles that have been performed by the Blessed Mother at this shrine. The image located there was proclaimed miraculous by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, and so crowned during the pontificate of Pope St. Pius X on July 10th, 1904. There are only three images of the Blessed Virgin that have been crowned by Pontifical Authority in North America.

The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at 115th Street is one of the first Italian National Parishes in the United States. At one time more than 500,000 people attended the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel during the month of July before and after the feast day which takes place on July 16th. The dress of the Madonna was made in India and is valued at 8,000 dollars. The crown of the Madonna and child is gold, adorned with precious stones, the emerald of which was donated by the aforementioned pope.

The Crowned Statue is taken down in procession only on special occasions and with the authorization of ecclesiastical authority.

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This church is said to have been the first in New York City to obtain a diocesan TLM following Ecclesia Dei, in 1988. The TLM continues to be said in this church at 10:00 AM every Sunday.
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