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July 16 - Solemn Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The sacred scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the faith of Israel in the living God. There, at the beginning of the thirteenth century, under the title of “Saint Mary of Mount Carmel”, the Order of Carmelites had its formal beginning. From the fourteenth century this title, recalling the countless blessings of its patroness, began to be celebrated solemnity, first in England and then gradually throughout the whole Order. It attained its supreme place from the beginning of the seventeenth century, when the General Chapter declared it to be the principal feast of the Order, and Paul V recognised it as the feast of the Scapular Confraternity.
 

 
Morning Prayer of Our Lady
 
- O God, come to our aid.
- O Lord, make haste to help us.
- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
Alleluia.
 
Hymn
 
Let us in spirit make our way
to Carmel’s mountain height;
our Virgin Mother calls us there
to gather flowers of light.
 
This is indeed a holy place
where God has ever reigned;
here hearts are healed in silent prayer,
and strength of mind attained.
 
This is where living water flowed
to save the thirsting land,
to clothe the desert with fresh grass,
with trees the burning sand.
 
Cradle of our religious life
is Carmel’s height austere -
wherever Mary turns her gaze
flow waters springing clear.
 
Let us adore the Trinity -
the Father honours her,
the Son embraces her with love,
the Spirit reigns in her
 
1 Antiphon: Fragrant is the scent of your perfume, Immaculate Virgin. Let us follow in your footsteps.
 
Psalm 62 (63), 2-9: A soul thirsting for God.
 
O God, you are my God, for you I long;
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
 
For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life,
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet,
my mouth shall praise you with joy.
 
On my bed I remember you.
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help;
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand holds me fast.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
 
1 Antiphon: Fragrant is the scent of your perfume, Immaculate Virgin. Let us follow in your footsteps.
 
2 Antiphon: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; you are the most blessed of all women.
 
Daniel 3:57-88.56: Let every creature praise the Lord.
 
O all you works of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
And you, angels of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise far ever.
 
And you, the heavens of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord.
And you, the stars of the heavens, O bless the Lord.
And you, showers and ram, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise far ever.
 
And you, all you breezes and winds, O bless the Lord.
And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.
And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord.
And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.
And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord.
And you, darkness and light; O bless the Lord.
And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
O let the earth bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord.
And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.
And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord.
And you, clouds of the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, all armies of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, sun and moon, O bless the Lord.
And you, the stars of the heavens, O bless the Lord.
And you, showers and ram, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, all you breezes and winds, O bless the Lord.
And you, fire and heat, O bless the Lord.
And you, cold and heat, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, showers and dew, O bless the Lord.
And you, frosts and cold, O bless the Lord.
And you, frost and snow, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, night-time and day, O bless the Lord.
And you, darkness and light, O bless the Lord.
And you, lightning and clouds, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
O let the earth bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, mountains and hills, O bless the Lord.
And you, all plants of the earth, O bless the Lord.
And you, fountains and springs, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, rivers and seas, O bless the Lord.
And you, creatures of the sea, O bless the Lord.
And you, every bird in the sky, O bless the Lord.
And you, wild beasts and tame, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise forever.
 
And you, children of men, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
O Israel, bless the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, priests of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
And you, servants of the Lord, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
And you, spirits and souls of the just, O bless the Lord.
And you, holy and humble of heart, O bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Mizael, O bless the Lord.
To him be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
Let us praise the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit:
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.
May you be blessed, O Lord, in the heavens.
To you be highest glory and praise for ever.
 
2 Antiphon: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; you are the most blessed of all women.
 
3 Antiphon: Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary: you gave birth to him who made you, yet remain a virgin for­ever.
 
Psalm 149: The song of joy of the saints.
 
Sing a new song to the Lord,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its Maker,
let Sion’s Sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music with timbrel and harp.
 
For the Lord takes delight in his people.
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory,
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips
and a two-edged sword in their hand,
 
to deal out vengeance to the nations
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained:
this honour is for all his faithful.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
 
3 Antiphon: Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary: you gave birth to him who made you, yet remain a virgin for­ever.
 
Reading: Isaiah 35,1-2
 
Let the wilderness and the dry-lands exult, let the wasteland rejoice and bloom, let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil, let it rejoice and sing for joy. The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it, the splendour of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of the Lord, the splendour of our God.
 
Responsorial
 
- Your children call to you in time of trouble, and from heaven you hear their cry.
- In your great mercy you have come to our rescue,
- and from heaven you hear their cry.
- Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
- Your children call to you in time of trouble, and from heaven you hear their cry.
 
Antiphon to the canticle: Jesus said to his Mother, “Woman, this is your son,” and to the disciple he said, “This is your Mother;” and from that hour the disciple took her as his own.
 
Canticle of Zechariah: Lk 1,68-78: The Messiah and the one who was sent before him.
 
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
 
Through his holy prophets be promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who bate us.
 
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
 
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.
 
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
 
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
 
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
 
Antiphon to the canticle: Jesus said to his Mother, “Woman, this is your son,” and to the disciple he said, “This is your Mother;” and from that hour the disciple took her as his own.
 
Intercessions
 
Christ our Saviour, the first-born of many brothers, gave us his Mother as our own. On this sacred day let us come to him with thankful hearts and say:
 
For the gift of your Mother, we give glory to you, Lord.
 
Christ our Redeemer, you prepared a worthy dwelling place for yourself in the sinless Virgin Mary;
- may we work today in your service and hers, poor in spirit and pure in heart.
 
Only Word of the Father, uttered in eternal silence and lovingly received in the womb of the Virgin,
- may our Carmelite vocation lead us, like Mary, to hear the Word of God and put it into practice.
 
Christ our Teacher, you offer the Virgin Mary as the model of every virtue to those who seek you;
- may we, her children, mirror her life, especially in our charity towards all.
 
Jesus, Son of Mary, you gave your Mother to the apostle John to take into his own keeping;
- in our familiarity with Mary may we experience your ineffable love.
 
Christ, Spouse of the Church, you sent the fire of the Holy Spirit upon Mary when she was joined with the apostles in prayer;
- may the whole family of Carmel remain faithful in prayer with Mary, and so be continually renewed by the Holy Spirit.
 
Our Father, who art in heaven, .....
 
Prayer
 
Lord God, you willed that the Order of Carmel, should be named in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of your Son, through her prayers as we honour her today bring us to your holy Mountain, Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns.
The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
 
To conclude, one of the following anthems to the Blessed Virgin is said.
 

  
Anthems to the Blessed Virgin
 
1. Hail Mary
 
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death. Amen
 
2. Flos Carmeli
(Carmelites’ Prayer to Our Lady)
 
Flower of Carmel,
Tall vine, blossom laden,
Splendour of heaven,
Child-bearing, yet maiden,
None equals thee.
 
Mother so tender,
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel’s children
Thy favour bestow.
Star of the Sea.
 
3. The Salve Regina
 
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
hail our life our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve:
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy towards us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
 
4. Alma Redemptoris Mater
 
Dear mother of our redeemer,
ever-open gate of heaven,
star of the sea,
come to our help
as we fall and seek to rise again.
As all creation marveled,
you gave birth to the Holy One
who created you.
Virgin maid and mother,
take to yourself the angel Gabriel‘s greeting
and have compassion on us sinners.
 
5. Ave, Regina Coelorum
 
Hail, Queen of heaven
Hail, Queen of angels Root of Jesse,
gate of heaven, hail
From you light has risen on the world.
Rejoice, glorious virgin,
your beauty is unrivalled,
we greet your loveliness
and ask you to pray to Christ for us.
 
6. O Sanctissima, O Piissima
 
O most holy one, O most pitiful, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Mother best beloved, Mother undefiled, pray for us!
 
Thou art our comfort, and our refuge, Virgin Mother Mary!
All that we long for, through thee we hope for; Pray for us!
 
See how weak we are, lost in tears; save us, O Mary!
Lighten our anguish; soothe our sorrows; pray for us!
 
Virgin turn and look; Mother behold us; hear us, O Mary!
Thou art the bearer of health divine; pray for us!
 
May thy joys and thy sorrows be our help, O Mary!
In thee we hope; to thee we cray; pray for us!
 
7. The Angelus
 
- The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
- and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary . . .
 
- Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
- be it done to me according to your word.
Hail Mary . . .
 
- And the Word was made flesh:
- and dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
 
- Pray for us, O holy mother of God.
- That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
 
Let us pray
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.


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