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Thursday, 31 December 2009 20:41

Liturgical Year C

The Liturgical Year celebrates the Mystery of Christ

By preaching the Church “announces” “the whole mystery of Christ” (CD 12) and with the Liturgy it “celebrates it presenting the sacred memory (SC 102).  In such a way it makes present today “the unfathomable treasure of Christ” (Eph 3, 8 ff; cf. 1, 18; 2, 7): his signs of salvation, with which the faithful come into contact in order to draw from it the grace of salvation.  The Liturgical Year which has its “source” and its “summit” in the Paschal Mystery is articulated into five “periods of time” which have a special relationship with the diverse moments of the Mystery of Christ (SC 10; LG 11).  Therefore, they follow a progressive order: Advent and Christmas; Lent and the Passover or Easter; Ordinary Time.


• Time of Advent and of Christmas

Advent is a time of preparation with a twofold characteristic: it recalls the first coming of the Son of God in humility and pre- announces the second coming in glory: it is a time of active waiting, of expectation, of desire, of prayer, of evangelization, of joy.  Christmas is a time of joyful contemplation of the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God and of his first manifestations, who has come for our salvation “man among men”. During this time Mary is particularly celebrated as “Mother of God”.


• Time of Lent and of Passover or Easter

Lent is a time of preparation the purpose of which is to guide to a more intense and gradual participation in the Paschal Mystery.  During this time the catechumens are accompanied through the various degrees of Christian initiation, and the faithful through the living memory of Baptism and Penance. The Passover or Easter is the summit of the Liturgical Year, from which all the other parts draw their efficacy of salvation, it is the fulfilment of the redemption of humanity and of perfect glorification of God: it is the destruction of sin and of death, communication of resurrection and of life.


• Ordinary Time

During this long period of time, which has a first stage between Christmas Time and Lent, and develops more extensively from Pentecost to the following Advent, is a global celebration of the mystery of Christ, which is taken up again and deepened in many of its particular aspects.Candle

Already, we can say that Sundays – “The Day of the Lord” – are the “Weekly Passover or Easter” and therefore, a living grafting into the central nucleus of the mystery of Christ throughout the whole year; but then the Weeks (33 and 34) develop through an intense and continued recourse to the Bible the deepening of small cycles of the mystery of Christ, offering these to the meditation of the faithful in order that this may become a stimulus to the action in the Church and in the world.



Liturgical Colors

Liturgies celebrated during the different seasons of the liturgical year have distinctive music and specific readings, prayers, and rituals. All of these work together to reflect the spirit of the particular season. The colors of the vestments that the priest wears during the liturgy also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated.



White, the color of joy and victory, is used for the seasons of Easter and Christmas. It is also used for the feasts of Our Lord, for feasts of Mary, the angels, and for saints who are not martyrs. Gold may also be used on solemn occasions.


Red (the color of blood) is used on days when we celebrate the passion of Jesus on Passion Sunday and Good Friday. It is also used for the birthday feasts of the apostles and evangelists and for the celebrations of martyrs. Red (the color of fire) recalls the Holy Spirit and is used on Pentecost and for the sacrament of Confirmation.



Green, seen everywhere in plants and trees, symbolizes life and hope and is used during Ordinary Time.


The colors violet or purple in Advent help us to remember that we are preparing for the coming of Christ. Lent, the season of penance and renewal, also uses the colors violet or purple.


Rose may be used on the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, and on the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday. It expresses the joy of anticipation for Christmas and Easter, respectively.


Liturgical Calendar general
Saturday, 06 March 2010 20:17

Servants of God

  • Mª Maddalena Mazzoni Sangiorgi, SCG

  • Stephanus Pelosio, O.Carm.

  • Salvatore Pagnani, O.Carm.

  • Martinianus Pannitier, O.Carm.

  • Anna Rosa Bernard, T.O.Carm.

  • Liberata Ferrarons y Vivés, T.O.Carm.

  • Carmela de Sojo de Anguera, T.O.Carm.

  • María Concetta Todaro, T.O.Carm.

  • Madre Elisea Oliver, HVMMC

  • Eliseo M. Maneus Besalduch, O.Carm.

  • Anastasio M. Dorca Coromina, O.Carm.

  • Eduardo M. Serrano Buj, O.Carm.

  • Fernando M. Llovera Puigsech, O.Carm.

  • Eufrosino M. Raga Nadal, O.Carm.

  • Pedro M. Ferrer Marín, O.Carm.

  • Andrés M. Solé Rovira, O.Carm.

  • Miguel M. Soler Sala, O.Carm.

  • Juan M. Puigmitjá Rubió, O.Carm.

  • Pedro-Tomás Prat Colldecarrera, O.Carm.

  • Eliseo M. Fontdecava Quiroga, O.Carm.

  • José M. Escoto Ruiz, O.Carm.

  • Eliseo M. Garre Egea, O.Carm.

  • Ludovico M. Ayet Canós, O.Carm.

  • Angel M. Presta Batlle, O.Carm.

  • María del Patrocinio Badía Flaquer, O.Carm.

  • Daniel M. García Antón, O.Carm.

  • Silvano M. Villanueva González, O.Carm.

  • Adalberto M. Vicente Muñoz, O.Carm.

  • Aurelio M. García Antón, O.Carm.

  • Francisco M. Pérez Pérez, O.Carm.

  • Angelo M. Reguilón Lobato, O.Carm.

  • Bartolomé Fanti M. Andrés Vecilla, O.Carm.

  • Angel M. Sánchez Rodríguez, O.Carm.

  • Miguel Serra Sucarrats and 18 companions (Arag) O.Carm.

  • Anastasio M. Ballester Nebot, O.Carm.

  • Ludovico M. Mollá Grifo, O.Carm.

  • Gerardo M. Requena Algarra, O.Carm.

  • Rafael M. Sarría Colomer, O.Carm.

  • Redento M. Julve Ortells, O.Carm.

  • Juan Evangelista M. Muñoz Tornero, O.Carm.

  • Eliseo M. Almela Causell, O.Carm.

  • Pedro-Tomás M. Carbó Adell, O.Carm.

  • Esteban M. Bordas Querol, O.Carm.

  • Dionisio M. Bonfill Tatay, O.Carm.

  • José M. Plana Puig, O.Carm.

  • Juan Bautista M. Ferre Bañó, O.Carm.

  • Gerardo M. Betí Bofill, O.Carm.

  • Simeón M. Manrique Rubio, O.Carm.

  • José M. Pascual Beneyto, O.Carm.

  • Manuel M. Gumbau Doñate, O.Carm.

  • María Josefa Ricart Casabat, O.Carm.

  • Trinidad (Desamparados) Martínez Gil, O.Carm.

  • José M. Mateos Carballido, O.Carm.

  • Eliseo M. Durán Cintas, O.Carm.

  • José M. González Delgado, O.Carm.

  • Eliseo M. Camargo Montes, O.Carm.

  • José M. Ruiz Cardeñosa, O.Carm.

  • Jaime M. Carretero Rojas, O.Carm.

  • Ramón M. Pérez Sousa, O.Carm.

  • Antonio M. Martín Povea, O.Carm.

  • Pedro M. Velasco Narbona, O.Carm.

  • Joaquín Romero Olmos, O.Carm.

  • Annie Zelikova, T.O.Carm.

  • Luigi Mª Ehrlich, O.Carm.

  • Ramón Montero Navarro, T.O.Carm.

  • Mary of the Blessed Sacrament, CCC

  • Arcángela Badosa Cuatrecases, HVMMC

  • Madre Asuncion Soler Gimeno, HCSCJ

  • Maria Cristina de la Eucaristia Alonso Alonso

  • Bartolomé Fanti Mª Xiberta Roqueta, O.Carm.

  • Gabriel Paulino Bueno Couto, O.Carm.

  • Angelina Teresa, CSAI 



in process of santity

  • Juan de San Samsón, O.Carm.

  • Joaquín Oldus, O.Carm.

  • Juan Brünner, O.Carm.

  • Josefina Köning, O.Carm.

  • Avertan Fenech, O.Carm.

  • Juan Brenninguer, O.Carm.

  • Bautista Blenke, O.Carm.

  • Amata Cerretelli, T.O.Carm.

  • Elia Carbonaro, O.Carm.

  • Lorenzo van den Eerenbeemt, O.Carm.

  • Geraldo Ciuffarella, O.Carm.

  • Miguel de S. Agustín, O.Carm.

  • María Petitt, T.O.Carm.

  • Domingo de S. Alberto, O.Carm.

  • Mauro del Niño Jesús, O.Carm.

  • María Cristina de la Eucaristia, O.Carm.

89/2018 – 15 – 12

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Santa Ignacia, Tarlac, Philippines, was held 13 December 2018. The following were elected:

  • Prioress: Sr. M. Teresa Margarita Medina, O.Carm.

  • 1st Councilor: Sr. Arlene Marie Reporte, O.Carm.<--break->

  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. M. de San Jose Arquita, O.Carm.

  • Director of Novices: Sr. M. Victoria San Diego, O.Carm.

  • Treasurer: Sr. Arlene Marie Reporte, O.Carm.

  • Sacristan: Sr. Mary Ann Inosanto, O.Carm.

the Carmelite Monastery of Santa Ignacia
Saturday, 01 December 2018 20:55

Lectio Divina December 2018

Pope's Prayer Intentions for December 2018

Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith

That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

Lectio Divina: December – diciembre – dicembre 2018






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84/2018 – 27 – 11

The Elective Chapter of the Carmelite Monastery of Ravenna, Italy, was held 24-25 November 2018. The following were elected:

  • Prioress: Sr. M. Elisabetta Mambelli, O.Carm.

  • 1st Councilor: Sr. M. Anastasia Cucca, O.Carm.

  • 2nd Councilor: Sr. M. Barbara Stella, O.Carm.

  • 3rd Councilor: Sr. M. Paola Teresa Laudicina, O.Carm.

  • 4th Couniclor: Sr. M. Elena Pasca, O.Carm.

  • Director of Novices: Sr. M. Elisabetta Mambelli, O.Carm.

  • Treasurer: Sr. M. Anastasia Cucca, O.Carm.

  • Sacristan: Sr. M. Barbara Stella, O.Carm.

The Nuns chapter
83/2018 – 26 – 11

On November 24, the members of the Supervisory Board of the so-called "Carmel Foundation" (Stichting Carmelcollege), an association that coordinates 14 schools and more than 35,000 students in Holland, visited our General Curia in Rome. The origins of the association go back to 1922, when Fr. Titus Brandsma and other Dutch Carmelites began to work in education and the first Carmelite schools were created in this country. The members of the committee, who were accompanied by Anne-Marie Boss, explained to the members of the General Council (Christian Körner, O.Carm., Michael Farrugia, O.Carm and John Keating, O.Carm.) the characteristics and objectives of this association, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

The Prior General, Fr. Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., expressed in turn the commitment of the Order in the field of education, informed them of the various initiatives that are being carried out in this area in various parts of the world and shared with them the need for a reflection on the "Carmelite identity" of our schools, especially in those areas where vocations are scarce and the provinces encounter personnel problems. He also thanked them on behalf of the Order for the work they are doing.

81/2018 – 18 – 11

The Institutum Carmelitanum has organized, in collaboration with the Carmelite Library and the General Archive, a Course on the management of the Cultural Heritage of the Order to be held at the Centro Internazionale Sant'Alberto in Rome from February 26 (arrival) to 3 March (departures) 2019. The course is intended for the librarians of Carmelite libraries, the bibliographers of Carmelite subjects, the archivists of the current and historical archives of the Order and the directors of Carmelite museums. Soon the programme will be published on the Order's website. For information, contact Fr. Giovanni Grosso at the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Inscriptions must be sent to the same email address by the 10th of January 2019.

the Cultural Heritage
Friday, 16 November 2018 09:46


80/2018 – 16 – 11

The 5th Assembly of ALACAR (Latin American Association of Carmelites) was held in the "Archdiocesan House María de Altagracia" in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) from November 6 to 11. This assembly is held regularly every three years in collaboration with the Discalced Carmelites. The theme of this assembly was "The martyrs of yesterday for today's Latin American Carmel: Edith Stein, Titus Brandsma and Oscar Romero." The lecturers were the two superiors general, Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm., and Saverio Cannistrà, OCD., Sister Sandra Henríquez, Carmelita Misionera from Chile and Bishop Oswaldo Escobar, OCD., of Chalatenango in El Salvador.

The meeting was attended by 120 people from almost every Latin American country, including religious men and women and lay people. Likewise, there was a small representation of the contemplative Carmelite nuns. In addition to the conferences and the group reflection, there were several very significant celebrations. For example, on the 9th, the Prior General led a solemn celebration of the Eucharist in the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the first cathedral on the American continent, in which he expressed the desire to continue as Carmelites to serve the people of God in Latin America. In this sense, the group sent a letter of support to Bishop Silvio Baez, OCD., Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, on account of the difficult circumstances that are being experienced in Nicaragua.

Taking advantage of the presence of both General Superiors in Santo Domingo, on that same 6th of November, in the morning, a meeting took place in the Monastery of Santa Teresa in the capital with a large representation of nuns from the various monasteries of the Caribbean. The meeting consisted of a reflection on the Instruction "Cor Orans" and on other aspects of the cloistered life in Carmel. More than forty nuns participated in an atmosphere of joy and fraternity.

From the office of CITOC, we thank both General Councillors (P. Raúl Maraví O.Carm y P. Francisco Javier Mena, OCD), as well as the Carmelites in the Dominican Republic for their excellent work that ensured the success of this 5th ALACAR

Saturday, 03 November 2018 13:58

Seminars on Monastic Life in Ávila (Spain)

77/2018 – 03 – 11

The Spanish Episcopal Commission for Consecrated Life organized a Conference on Male and Female Monastic Life from the 4th to the 6th of October 2018 in order to put into practice the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Francis, Vultum Dei Quaerere and the Instruction, Cor Orans of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CIVCSVA). The aim was to help the contemplative nuns reach the proper goal of their specific vocation through Formation, the Federations and Associations, and the Cloister.

Those who attended the seminar included: Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, Secretary of the Congregation, who presented in a concrete and practical way the Instruction, Cor Orans and its application for the Cloistered Nuns; Jesus Catalá Ibáñez, Bishop of Málaga, President of the Commission for Consecrated Life of the Spanish Episcopal Conference; Cardinal Aquilino Bocos Merino, CMF. Msgr. Joaquín Mª López de Andújar, Bishop Emeritus of Getafe (Madrid), presented the Ordo Virginum in Spain and the Instruction Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago on the Ordo virginum.

The Carmelite Nuns of the Iberian Region who attended the Conference were: From the Federation Mater et Decor Carmeli, Sr. Mª Dolores Domínguez Pérez, President and Sr. Maria del Carmen del Toro Medina, Secretary; From the Federation Mater Unitatis, Sr. Maria del Sagrario Lorite Beltrán, President and Sr. Maria Mercedes Zárraga, Secretary; From the Verge Flor del Carmel Federation, Sr. Maria del Carmen Izquierdo Marín, President and Sr. Maria Juliana Kanini Kilonzo, Secretary.

The assistants to the Federations, Mater et Decor Carmeli and Mater Unitatis, Fr. Rafael Leiva Sánchez and Fr. Matías Tejerina Espeso also took part in this meeting.

Seminars on Monastic Life in Ávila
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:24

Lectio Divina November 2018

Pope's Prayer Intentions for November 2018

Universal: In the Service of Peace

That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.

Lectio Divina: November – noviembre – novembre 2018






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