Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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Blessed Feast Day! Even though there's only 1/2 hour left.

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I have been a Tertiary of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for over thirty years. Today is our major Patronal Feast. I would like to wish all my readers a Happy Feast Day.


In honour of Our Mother, Queen of Carmel, here are some prayers of consecration and petition, and a note on the Feast Day.

A CONSECRATION TO
OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

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O Mary, Queen of all Saints, 


who art the beauty of Carmel, 


how sweet it is for me to venerate thee 
under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. 
Even from the days of the Apostles, 
thou hast been honoured under this mystic title; 
I am filled with joy as I consecrate myself to thee, O holy Mary, 
most unworthy though I am to be thy servant, 
yet touched by thy motherly care for me 
and longing to serve thee, 
in the presence of my Guardian Angel 
and the court of Heaven, 
I choose thee this day to be my Queen, 
my Advocate, and my Mother, 
and I firmly purpose to serve thee ever more 
and to do what I can that all may render faithful service to thee. 


Therefore, most devoted Mother, 
through the Precious Blood thy Son poured out for me, 
and through the promises of thee as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 
I beg thee, deign to take me among thy clients 
and receive me as thy servant forever. 


O beauty of Carmel, 
glory of Libanus, 
thou purest of lilies, 
mystic rose in the garden of the Church, 
I salute thee! 
O Virgin of virgins, 
be mindful of me in my misery, 
and show thyself my Mother. 
Shed upon me ever more and more 
the living light of that faith 
which made thee blessed; 
inflame with that Heavenly love 
wherewith thou didst love thy dear Son, Jesus Christ. 


Do thou, Mother of God, 
who hast such power and might, 
obtain for me from blessed Jesus,
the Heavenly gifts of humility, chastity, and meekness, 
which were the fairest ornaments of thine Immaculate soul.
Do thou grant me to be strong 
in the midst of the temptations and bitterness 
which so often overwhelm my spirit. 
Aid me in every action, 
and beg for me the grace, never, 
by word or deed or thought, 
to be displeasing in thy sight and that of thy most holy Son. 
Think of me my dearest Mother, 
and desert me not at the hour of death.


Amen.


(Here, you kiss your Scapular..) 


Holy Virgin of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of the Scapular, 
pray for us!
ANOTHER CONSECRATION TO

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL



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O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to Thee, for my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through Thy hands. Since Thou regardest with an eye of special kindness those who wear Thy Scapular, I implore Thee to strengthen my weakness with Thy power, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with Thy wisdom, to increase in me faith, hope and charity that I may render, day by day, my debt of humble homage to Thee.
May Thy Scapular keep Thine eyes of mercy turned towards me and bring me Thy special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to Thy Divine Son and to Thee. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to behold Thee and clothe myself with Thy virtues.
From henceforth, I shall strive to live in the sweet companionship of Thy spirit, to offer all to Jesus through Thee, and to make my life the mirror of Thy humility, charity, patience, meekness, and prayerfulness.

O dearest Mother, support me, by Thy never-failing love that I, an unworthy sinner, may come one day to exchange Thy Scapular for the wedding Garment of heaven and dwell with Thee and the Saints of Carmel in the Kingdom of Thy Son. Amen.

The Flos Carmeli, written by our Prior General, St Simon Stock, and used as the Sequence on his Feast on 16 May, and, since 1663, the Sequence for today.


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FLOWER of Carmel,
Tall vine blossom laden;
Splendor of heaven,
Childbearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.

Mother so tender, 
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel's children
Thy favors bestow.

Star of the Sea.
Strong stem of Jesse,
Who bore one bright flower,
Be ever near us

And guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.
Purest of lilies,
That flowers among thorns, 

Bring help to the true heart
That in weakness turns
and trusts in thee.

Strongest of armor,
We trust in thy might:
Under thy mantle,
Hard press'd in the fight,
we call to thee.

Our way uncertain,
Surrounded by foes,
Unfailing counsel
You give to those
who turn to thee.

O gentle Mother
Who in Carmel reigns,
Share with your servants
That gladness you gained
and now enjoy.

Hail, Gate of Heaven,
With glory now crowned,
Bring us to safety
Where thy Son is found,
true joy to see.


And a prayer taken from the Flos Carmeli:







Sacred Scripture exalts the beauty of Mount Carmel, there where Prophet Elisha defended the purity of the faith of Israel in the living God. In those places, at the beginning of the XIII century the Carmelite Order, had, as to say its juridical origin, under the title of Blessed Mary of Carmel.

This title, almost a compendium of the benefits of the Patroness, began to be celebrated since the XIV century, first in England, and gradually in the whole Order. It reached its greatest splendour at the beginning of the XVII century, when the General Chapter declared it the principal and special feast of the Order, and Paul V recognized it as the distinctive title of the Confraternity of the Scapular.
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Are you a member of the Carmelite Family?


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You may be without even realising it. For instance, if you wear the Brown Scapular, you are a member. And if you don't wear it, hie thee to a Priest instanter and get enrolled!

Here is some information regarding the Family from various Carmelite sources.


A short description from the O.Carm. website:

The many and various embodiments of the Carmelite charism are for us a source of joy; they confirm the rich and creative fruitfulness of our charism,  lived under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit - a fruitfulness to be welcomed with gratitude and discernment.

All individuals and groups, whether institutional or not, which draw their inspiration from the Rule of St. Albert, from its tradition and from the values expressed in Carmelite spirituality, constitute the Carmelite Family within the Church today. 


This Family includes ourselves and our brothers of the Teresian Reform; the women religious of both branches;  affiliated religious congregations; the Third Orders Secular; secular institutes; individuals affiliated with the Order through the sacred scapular; and those who by whatever title or bond are affiliated with the Order; those movements which, though juridically not part of the Order, seek inspiration and support from its spirituality; and any man or woman who is drawn to the values of Carmel. (Constitutions O.Carm. no.28)


And three longer articles from the website of the British Province of the Order of Carmel.


Lay Carmel (Third Orders)

Lay Carmel and the Wider Carmelite Family

The Carmelite Family


And finally, 

Message to the Carmelite Family, from His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, 25 March 2001,

Scapular of Carmel, a treasure for the ChurchThis year the entire Carmelite Family is celebrating the 750th anniversary of the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For the occasion the Holy Father sent a Message to Fr Joseph Chalmers, Prior General of the Carmelites, and to Fr Camilo Maccise, Superior General of Discalced Carmelites, in which he spoke of the important role devotion to Mary in Carmelite spirituality and expressed the hope that "this Marian year will help all the men and women religious of Carmel and the devout faithful who venerate her with filial affection to grow in her love and to radiate to the world the presence of this Woman of silence and prayer, invoked as Mother of Mercy, Mother of Hope and Grace". Here is a translation of the Holy Father's Message, which was written in Italian and dated 25 March.

To the Most Reverend Fathers
Joseph Chalmers
Prior General of the Order
of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary
of Mount Carmel (O.Carm.)
and
Camilo Maccise
Superior General of the Order
of Discalced Brothers of the Blessed
Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (O.C.D.)

1. The providential event of grace, which the Jubilee Year has been for the Church, prompts her to look with trust and hope to the journey we have just begun in the new millennium. At the beginning of this new century", I wrote in the Apostolic Letter Novo millennio ineunte, "our steps must quicken.... On this journey we are accompanied by the Blessed Virgin Mary, to whom ... I entrusted the third millennium" (n. 58).

I therefore learned with deep joy that the two branches of the Order of Carmel, the ancient and the reformed, intend to express their filial love for their Patroness by dedicating the year 2001 to her, invoked as the Flower of Carmel, Mother and Guide on the way of holiness. In this regard, I cannot fail to stress a happy coincidence: the celebration of this Marian year for the whole of Carmel is taking place, according to a venerable tradition of the Order itself, on the 750th anniversary of the bestowal of the Scapular. This celebration is therefore a marvellous occasion for the entire Carmelite Family to deepen not only its Marian spirituality, but to live it more and more in the light of the place which the Virgin Mother of God and of mankind holds in the mystery of Christ and the Church, and therefore to follow her who is the "Star of Evangelization" (cf. Novo millennio ineunte, n. 58).

2. In their journey towards the "mountain of God, Christ the Lord" (Roman Missal, Opening Prayer of the Mass in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 16 July), the various generations of Carmel, from the beginning until today, have sought to model their lives on Mry’s example.

In Carmel therefore and in every soul moved by tender affection for the Blessed Virgin and Mother, there has thrived a contemplation of her, who from the beginning knew how to open herself to hearing God's Word and to obeying his will (Lk 2:19, 51). For Mary, taught and formed by the Spirit (cf. Lk 2:44-50), was able by faith to understand her own history (cf. Lk 1:46-55) and, docile to the divine promptings, "advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross, where she stood, in keeping with the divine plan (cf. Jn 19:25), enduring with her Only-begotten Son the intensity of his suffering and associating herself with his sacrifice in her mother's heart" (Lumen gentium, n. 58).

3. Contemplation of the Virgin presents her to us as a loving Mother who sees her Son growing up in Nazareth (cf. Lk 2:40, 52), follows him on the roads of Palestine, helps him at the wedding at Cana (cf. Jn 2:5) and, at the foot of the Cross,becomes the Mother associated with his offering and given to all people when Jesus himself entrusts her to his beloved disciple (cf. Jn 19:26). As Mother of the Church, the Blessed Virgin is one with the disciples in "constant prayer" (Acts 1:14); as the new Woman who anticipates in herself what will one day come to pass for us all in the full enjoyment of Trinitarian life, she is taken up into heaven from where she spreads the protective mantle of her mercy over her children on their pilgrimage to the holy mountain of glory.
Such a contemplative attitude of mind and heart prompts admiration for the Virgin's experience of faith and love; she already lives in herself all that every believer desires and hopes to attain in the mystery of Christ and the Church (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 103; Lumen gentium, n. 53). Therefore, Carmelites have chosen Mary as their Patroness and spiritual Mother and always keep before the eyes of their heart the Most Pure Virgin who guides everyone to the perfect knowledge and imitation of Christ.

Thus an intimacy of spiritual relations has blossomed, leading to an ever increasing communion with Christ and Mary. For the members of the Carmelite Family, Mary, the Virgin Mother of God and mankind, is not only a model to imitate but also the sweet presence of a Mother and Sister in whom to confide, St Teresa of Jesus rightly urged her sisters: "Imitate Our Lady and consider how great she must be and what a good thing it is that we have her for our Patroness" (Interior Castle, III, 1, 3).

4. This intense Marian life, which is expressed in trusting prayer, enthusiastic praise and diligent imitation, enables us to understand how the most genuine form of devotion to the Blessed Virgin, expressed by the humble sign, of the Scapular, is consecration to her Immaculate Heart (cf. Pius XII, Letter Neminem profecto latet [11 February 1950]; AAS 42, 1950, pp. 390-391]; Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen gentium, n, 67). In this way, the heart grows in communion and familiarity with the Blessed Virgin, as a new way of living for God and of continuing here on earth the love of Jesus the Son for his Mother Mary" (cf. Angelus Address, in Insegnamenti XI/3, 1988, p. 173). Thus, as the blessed Carmelite martyr Titus Brandsma expressed it, we are put in profound harmony with Mary the Theotokos and become, like her, transmitters of divine life: 'The Lord also sends his angel to us ... we too must accept God in our hearts carry him in our hearts, nourish him and make him grow in us so that he is born of us and lives with us as the God-with-us, Emmanuel" (From the report of Bl. Titus Brandsma to the Mariological Congress of Tongerloo, August 1936).

Over time this rich Marian heritage of Carmel has become, through the spread of the Holy Scapular devotion, a treasure for the whole Church. By its simplicity, its anthropological value and its relationship to Mary's role in regard to the Church and humanity, this devotion was so deeply and widely accepted by the People of God that it came to be expressed in the memorial of 16 July on the liturgical calendar of the universal Church.

5. The sign of the Scapular points to an effective synthesis of Marian spirituality, which nourishes the devotion of believers and makes them sensitive to the Virgin Mother's loving presence in their lives. The Scapular is essentially a "habit". Those who receive it are associated more or less closely with the Order of Carmel and dedicate themselves to the service of Our Lady for the good of the whole Church (cf. "Formula of Enrolment in the Scapular", in the Rite of Blessing of and Enrolment in the Scapular, approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, 5January 1996). Those who wear the Scapular are thus brought into the land of Carmel, so that they may "eat its fruits and its good things" (cf. Jer 2:7), and experience the loving and motherly presence of Mary in their daily commitment to be clothed in Jesus Christ and to manifest him in their life for the good of the Church and the whole of humanity (cf. "Formula of Enrolment in the Scapular", cit.).

Therefore two truths are evoked by the sign of the Scapular: on the one hand, the constant protection of the Blessed Virgin, not only on life's journey, but also at the moment of passing into the fullness of eternal glory; on the other, the awareness that devotion to her cannot be limited to prayers and tributes in her honour on certain occasions, but must become a "habit", that is, a permanent orientation of one's own Christian conduct, woven of prayer and interior life, through frequent reception of the sacraments and the concrete practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. In this way the Scapular becomes a sign of the "covenant" and reciprocal communion between Mary and the faithful: indeed, it concretely translates the gift of his Mother, which Jesus gave on the Cross to John and, through him, to all of us, and the entrustment of the beloved Apostle and of us to her, who became our spiritual Mother.

6. A splendid example of this Marian spirituality, which inwardly moulds individuals and conforms them to Christ, the firstborn of many brethren, is the witness to holiness and wisdom given by so many Carmelite saints, all of whom grew up in the shadow and under the protection of their Mother.

I too have worn the Scapular of Carmel over my heart for a long time! Out of my love for our common heavenly Mother, whose protection I constantly experience, I hope that this Marian year will help all the men and women religious of Carmel and the devout faithful who venerate her with filial affection to grow in her love and to radiate to the world the presence of this Woman of silence and prayer, invoked as Mother of Mercy, Mother of Hope and Grace.

With these wishes, I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing to all the friars, nuns, sisters and lay people of the Carmelite Family, who work so hard to spread among the people of God true devotion to Mary, Star of the Sea and Flower of Carmel!
From the Vatican, 25 March 2001.
Jovan-Marya of the Immaculate Conception Weismiller, T.O.Carm.

Vive le Christ-roi! Vive le roi, Louis XX!
Deum timete, regem honorificate.
Kansan by birth! Albertan by choice! Jayhawk by the Grace of God!
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You posted the English above, but many people may not know the beautiful Flos Carmeli chant. Sorry for the simplicity of the video, but it's the best I could find:






There's one discrepancy from the version I know, however. The version I know is the following:

Flos Carmeli
Vitis florigera
Splendor caeli
Virgo puerpera
Singularis
Mater mitis
Sed viri nescia
Carmelitis da privilegia
Stella Maris

The video has "esto propitia" instead of "da priviliegia", which quite changes the meaning. I found sources for both versions doing a quick web search, but I don't know why the difference. Jovan, do you know?
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I don't. I've always known the da privilegia version .
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I wonder if Rome changed the prayer when it was introduced to the liturgy because "da privilegia" seemed to favor the Carmelites over other religious orders?
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(07-17-2019, 12:15 PM)Filiolus Wrote: I wonder if Rome changed the prayer when it was introduced to the liturgy because "da privilegia" seemed to favor the Carmelites over other religious orders?

Well, you know the old joke, a Dominican and a Franciscan were arguing over which Order God loved  best. They knelt before the Tabernacle and prayed earnestly for an answer. When they looked on the Altar, there was a golden envelope.

Opening it, they found a short note:

My sons,

I love all the Orders in the Church equally.

/signed/ God, O. Carm.

LOL
Jovan-Marya of the Immaculate Conception Weismiller, T.O.Carm.

Vive le Christ-roi! Vive le roi, Louis XX!
Deum timete, regem honorificate.
Kansan by birth! Albertan by choice! Jayhawk by the Grace of God!
  “Qui me amat, amet et canem meum. (Who loves me will love my dog also.)” 
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My Blog 'Musings of an Old Curmudgeon'


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(07-17-2019, 05:25 PM)jovan66102 Wrote:
(07-17-2019, 12:15 PM)Filiolus Wrote: I wonder if Rome changed the prayer when it was introduced to the liturgy because "da privilegia" seemed to favor the Carmelites over other religious orders?

Well, you know the old joke, a Dominican and a Franciscan were arguing over which Order God loved  best. They knelt before the Tabernacle and prayed earnestly for an answer. When they looked on the Altar, there was a golden envelope.

Opening it, they found a short note:

My sons,

I love all the Orders in the Church equally.

/signed/ God, O. Carm.

LOL

Smile Well it is not a minor detail that Our Lady has never appeared wearing any habit other than that of Carmel.
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