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Mary & the Brown Scapular

Sixth Day : Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mary, untiring seeker of God

Listening to the Word: The finding in the temple (Lk 2: 41-50)

Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing him to be in the company they went a day's journey, " height="1" width="1">and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions;

Fifth Day : Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mary, Lady of the offering

Listening to the Word: The presentation at the temple (Lk 2: 22-32)

And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired

Fourth Day: Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mary, contemplative woman

Listening to the Word: The visit of the Magi (Mt 2: 1-12)

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: 'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.'"

Third Day: Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Monday, July 9, 2018

Mary, the mother who clothes us with the Scapular

Listening to the Word: The birth (Lk 2: 1-20)

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrolment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Second Day: Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Mary, wonderful in her service

Listening to the Word: The Visitation (Lk 1: 39-45)

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me,

First Day: Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Mary, welcoming model

Listening to the Word: The Annunciation (Lk 1: 26-38)

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

Elijah & Mary

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As we attempt to follow Christ more closely, we Carmelites find inspiration in the Old Testament Prophet, Elijah, and in the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Prophet Elijah

Elijah's memory was kept alive especially on Mount Carmel where he challenged the people to stop hobbling first on one foot and then on the other but to choose who is God in Israel - Yahweh or Baal.

John Paul II (12.9.2001)

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GENERAL AUDIENCE
 
Wednesday, 12 September 2001
International Gathering of the Carmelite Family
with His Holiness John Paul II

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
(Prepared by the Carmelite nuns of Carpineto Romano, Italy)

 First Day: Mary, welcoming model
 Second Day: Mary, wonderful in her service
 Third Day: Mary, the mother who clothes us with the Scapular
 Fourth Day: Mary, contemplative woman
 Fifth Day: Mary, Lady of the offering
 Sixth Day: Mary, untiring seeker of God
 Seventh Day: Mary, listening virgin
 Eighth Day: Mary, mother at the foot of the cross
 Ninth Day: Mary, sister in the Christian community

Liturgy of the Hours

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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,
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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." 

 



by Dr. Radut