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A Letter for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel


As the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is approaching, the Prior General has written a letter to all Carmelite family expressing his best wish and inviting all members to celebrate the Feast by beginning with the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Custom of making the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel before the Feast is a long tradition and much observed by many Catholics.

In his letter we are reminded of the importance of the Feast and he asks the whole Carmelite family to "celebrate the Novena and the giving of the scapular, with conviction, affection and pastoral care and attention, with a sense of liturgy and catechesis."

The full text of the message and the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel can be founded here:

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."