Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

(Based on the title of the Blessed Virgin Mary that are specifically Carmelite.
Compiled and prepared by Randy F. Bayaua)

 

Opening Song : 
VIRGIN MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL
Miriam of the Holy Spirit Powers, OCD                                                                                       
HYMN TO JOY, 87 87 D
Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770-1827 | 
Arranged by Edward Hodges, 1796-1867 

1.Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel whom in ancient prophecy 
God revealed to Saint Elias by an Oriental sea. 
Rise again on God’s creation bring to bloom this arid place 
with the white cloud of your beauty and the rainfall of your grace. 

2. Blessed cloud of God’s protection and His luminous abode, 
light the pathways of your pilgrims to the promised land of God. 
On the mount of contemplation be our surety and stay. 
In the night a pillar glowing and a cloud of love by day.

 

3. Mother fair above all mothers, 
by the scapular we wear be your own sign of salvation, 
which our willing shoulders bear. 
Shield us from the foes of darkness, we are prey they seek to win. 
us as your loving children from the tragedy of sin. 

4. Virgin of the Incarnation, in the mysteries of grace, 
God has made His habitation in our soul’s most secret place. 
Toward that bright and inner kingdom, 
all our words and ways compel. 
For the Father, Son and Spirit in its sacred silence dwell.

5. Lady of the mystic mountain, where the Lord has set His throne,
 up its steep way to the Spirit, none can walk save love alone. 
Grant us grace to climb Mount Carmel and to learn that love is loss. 
Guide us still our ways outdistance all earth’s treasures save the cross.

6. Queen and Beauty of Mount Carmel, Virgin of the solitude,
 in the wilderness of Carmel lies the world’s eternal good. 
Draw us to its deep seclusion and make God alone our goal. 
In the mystical Mount Carmel that lies hidden in the soul.

 

First Day, July 7
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
 
Scripture
 “I brought you into the land of Carmel to partake of its fine fruits, but you entered only to refuse and to defile my land.” – Jeremiah 2:7
 
 
Meditation
In the ancient land of Palestine lies Mount Carmel (in Hebrew [with the definite article], Hakkarmel, “the garden” or "the garden-land" because of its renowned lush and verdant beauty during ancient times. (Isaiah 35:2) The crown of a mountain range renowned for its beauty. 
 
It is known for its cover of flower blossoms, flowering shrubs, and fragrant herbs. Such was its charm and appeal that it was compared to the beauty of the bride in Solomon’s song. (Song of Songs 7:5) Adorned with numerous aromatic plants and wild flowers, its heights are also covered with pine, prickly oak, myrtle, lentisk, carob, and olive trees. Triangular in shape, the range’s promontory touches upon the Mediterranean Sea, the Plain of Saron and the plains of Esdrelon. Mount Carmel is a mountain ridge running down alongside eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, at the altitude of Galilee, in northern Israel. The winds come off the sea, bringing moisture, which then hit the mountain, form clouds, and down drops rain. The rain makes the mountain green and lush and full of flowers.
 
That only describes half the mountain; though, the side facing the sea. The mountain stops the wind and little moisture gets to the other side. That side is sandy and brown and empty – a desert.
 
When we think of Mary under the title “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” the question comes to my mind, “What side of the mountain do I want to live on?” Like the first Carmelites, we can choose to live in the green, or unlike them, we can choose to live in the dry. In Scripture, we see Mary living in the green. She accepts the will of God (green) instead of fighting it (dry) when Gabriel comes to her. She forgives Joseph (green) when he thinks about divorcing her instead of holding a grudge (dry). And she tells us “Do whatever He tells you” (green) instead of complaining, “They’re out of wine, this is a disaster, and it’s all your fault” (dry).
 
Mary has obviously chosen to live on the green side of life. What side of the mountain are you living on? If you’re in the dry, she is inviting you to come to her in the “Garden of God.”
 
 
Second Day, July 8
Flower of Carmel
 
Scripture
 “It shall bring forth and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Lebanon is given to it: the beauty of Carmel, and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God.” – Isaiah 35:2
 
Meditation
There’s a rather pretty pinkish-red flower growing all over Mount Carmel in Israel. It is of the cyclamen family and the locals call it “rakefes.” It is a small flower and the petals face downward. The locals say that it humbly faces the ground until the Messiah comes; then the flowers will face upwards.
 
When the first hermits on Mount Carmel called Mary, Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel) they must have had this flower in mind – small, pretty but not drawing attention to itself, humbly bowing before the Son. When Blessed Titus Brandsma (Calced Carmelite martyr, 1942) says that Mary’s flower is the sunflower because it always aims to the sun yet bows down before the sun, he is using this same image. An image of humility. This is the same image that Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (the Little Flower) uses when she describes herself as a little flower growing in the corner of the garden. We often think that the rose is the symbol for Saint Thérèse, but she preferred to think of herself as a “rakefes,” a humble, small flower.
 
So this early title of Mary which the Carmelites have used till today, “Flower of Carmel” is a reminder to live like Mary and like these flowers. Not calling attention to ourselves. Not spending all our time in self-promotion, or in self-glory. Not trying to always be the center of attention. In a word – humility.
 
 
Third Day, July 9
Stella Maris
 
From the Writings of a Carmelite Saint
“On Carmel’s children Thy favors bestow, O Star of the Sea.” – lines of “Flos Carmeli” a song attributed to Saint Simon Stock, Calced Carmelite
 
Carmel means garden. Polaris or the North Star. This is the same star the ancients called Stella Maris or Star of the Sea.
 
Unlike the other stars that rotate with the earth’s rotation, the North Star keeps one position. Seafarers in the ancient world relied mostly on the North Star (Stella Maris) for navigation. And even today, hikers and backpackers are advised that if they’re lost in the wilderness, the first thing to do is look for the North Star, look for Stella Maris, to find their way back.
 
Mount Carmel is on the sea. Many visitors to the first hermits on Mount Carmel would have been sailors. In our Carmelite lore we are taught that Saint Louis of France (1270) is said to have visited those hermits because, during a storm at sea, he heard the hermits chanting and told the helmsman to put in towards that sound. The hermits were a kind of Stella Maris when the skies were cloudy.
 
This title of Mary that the Carmelites hold so dear – Stella Maris – reminds us to look to Mary for guidance; to look to Mary to point us in the right direction; to look to Mary to rescue us when we’re lost — to look to Mary always. Sailors, before the age of electronics, depended on the stars to mark their course in the immense ocean. From here comes the analogy with the Blessed Virgin Mary, like the star of the sea, guides through the difficult Waters of Life towards the same part. Before the invasion of the Saracenes, the Carmelites were obliged to abandon Mount Carmel. When ancient tradition tells us that before leaving, Our Lady appeared to them while they sung the Salve Regina and she promised to be the Star of the sea for them. They also knew Our Lady by this beautiful name because Mount Carmel rises like a star above the sea. Our Guiding Star
When the storm of temptation arises, 
When you are amidst the reefs and shoals of tribulation,
fix your gaze n the Star of the Sea.
Call upon Mary.
 
Do the billows of anger, of avarice of lust
Batter against your soul – invike her name.
In perils of sorrows and fear.
fix your gaze n the Star of the Sea.
Call upon Mary.
Under her protection, you shall know no fear.
Under her guidance, you shall not falter.
Under her patronage, you shall reach your goal.
fix your gaze n the Star of the Sea.
Call upon Mary.
 
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
 
Fourth Day, July 10
Our Lady of the Scapular
 
Scripture
“For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is brother and sister and mother to me.” –Matthew 12:50
 
Meditation
The origins of the scapular are really rather simple – it was an apron! Until modern times, clothing was expensive and in order to protect one’s clothes to be soiled, the practical medieval folks wore a narrow band of cloth over the whole outfit, front and back, with a hole for one’s head and tied at the waist with a belt. It was much more apt to get dirty when working or when sitting than the whole outfit. And it was easier to clean it or replace it than to clean or replace the whole outfit.
 
This original purpose of the scapular says a lot about why it is such a good devotion in the Church – it’s all about service! No, it is not a “Get out of Purgatory free” gimmick. Although that has been the popular understanding for a long time, the official Church has always frowned on that understanding of the scapular. Instead it is a symbol of what the Christian life is all about: dedicating ourselves to service to others in love. “Whatsoever you do to the least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
 
During the Last Supper, John’s Gospel says that Jesus took off his outer garments (to protect them, no doubt, since all clothing was expensive at that time) and tied a towel around his waist in order to wash the disciples feet. I like to think this towel was actually a scapular! He concludes saying, “If you understand this, then blessed are you if you do it.” This is why we can say that the scapular is the sign of salvation – when the scapular is a true reflection of an inner commitment to this kind of service.
 
So what better symbol for Mary than the scapular? Mary is often called the first disciple, and so she lives Jesus’ way of service and teaches us how to live Jesus’ way of service. We see in the life of Mary dedicated service to others: in the Visitation, in the house in Nazareth, at Cana, and at the Cross. By wearing the scapular, we are encouraged to be servants as Christ commands and Mary teaches.
 
Fifth Day, July 11
Our Lady of the Place
 
From the Writings of a Carmelite Saint
“The places we live are so many Mount Carmels and we consecrate them with a very lively, a very fervent, and a very active desire for holiness.” — Blessed John of Saint Samson
 
Those first hermits who began to live a life of prayer on Mount Carmel began around a natural spring called the Font of Elijah. They had come from all over the place — some from France, others from England, some from Italy. And some came from the East – from Palestine, from Constantinople, and maybe from Egypt. Each group brought their own customs, times for Liturgy and favorite saints. They were being forced to live together because the Saracens had conquered most of the Holy Land leaving only the area around Mount Carmel in Christian hands. Probably because they had many different customs, they went to the Patriarch of Jerusalem for a Rule. Instead of arguing out which way was best, they’d follow what the Patriarch told them to do. Let him decide.
 
In that Rule, he told them to build a chapel in the middle of their cells. This is probably where it got interesting. What name would they give this chapel? I suppose the eastern hermits wanted the name of an eastern saint; the western hermits wanted the name of a western saint. Probably former knights wanted the name of a warrior saint. The only name they could probably all agree upon would be to name the Chapel after Mary. They called the chapel “Our Lady of the Place” whom they conceived of in chivalric.
 
No one we know uses this as a title of Mary today except the Carmelites. And just like those first hermits knew, Mary is the common ground, and we can all agree on Mary. Mary has something in common with us all no matter where we come from, how we live, what we do, or what language we speak. Mary can unify.
 
Meanwhile, the Saracens conquered all of the Holy Land and those first Carmelites were forced to go to Europe. And wherever they moved to, they worked to make that spot into a new Mount Carmel with Mary as “the Lady of that Place” – regardless of where it is, want language is spoken, or the customs there. The Lady of the Place teaches us to live in peace and unity.
 
 
Sixth Day, July 12
La Bruna
 
From the Writings of a Carmelite Saint
“All must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped.” – Saint Teresa of Avila, Discalced Carmelite, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
 
During the Saracens persecutions and conquest, the early Carmelite Hermits and monks were driven out of the Holy Land and back to Europe. They carried a painting of Mary with them. A painting of Our Lady believed to be painted by Saint Luke, who according to tradition was also an iconographer himself was brought from Mount Carmel to Naples by the Carmelites Religious who settled there. The painting was originally an Eastern icon of the Madonna and Child. This painting was representation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus is peculiar on account of the darkness of its color, and in consequence, is often called “Santa Maria dell Bruna” (the dark one”) because of the Mother and Child’s dark skin tone or complexion in the painting
 
Our Lady is represented holding the Infant in her arms with such tenderness. The Divine Infant is most touching as he is shown to be affectionately touching the Blessed Virgin Mary’s chin, while his left hand grasps the edge of her veil. And this pose is called Eleusa in Greek or “tenderness.” Then it was touched up a bit to give the painting a bit of a Western feel and to cover any letters or words. We won’t go into all the symbols of the icon here. What this icon says is tenderness. It is more than a name for this type of icon, it is what we clearly see.
 
Mary is enveloped in a large veil surmounted by a crown, a star ornaments her shoulder. After Our Lady had given the scapular to Saint Simon Stock in 1251, a brown scapular was placed suspended from the right hand of this image. This ancient painting now hangs on a throne above the high altar in the Carmelite church in Naples. This image was very popular in Italy and numberless miracles were worked by invoking the image of our Lady. Many copies were taken of it and distributed among the Carmelite churches of the world. What’s more, a copy of this painting hangs in every Carmelite house in the world. When a Carmelite thinks of Our Lady, this is the image that first comes to their minds.
 
When Saint Teresa of Avila began her first foundation of reformed Carmelites, there’s a good chance she had a version of La Bruna with her. And she declared that in this first foundation, “All will be friends.” This earliest image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel reminds us that wherever we live, we should live in tenderness. We should live as friends.
 
 
Seventh Day, July 13
Queen of Carmelites
 
From the Writings of a Carmelite Saint
“What I want to hear about Mary, is that she is just like one of us.” 
– Saint Thérèse  of Lisieux, Discalced Carmelite, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
 
Ever since Saint Thérèse wrote an essay called “More Mother Than Queen” Carmelite art rarely shows Mary wearing a crown. We all agree with the Little Flower. But this idea that Mary “is just like one of us” didn’t start with Thérèse ; rather, it goes almost all the way back to the origin of the Carmelite Order. 
 
Carmelites like to think of Mary not watching from heaven but kneeling right beside them in the chapel when they’re pouring out their heart. Carmelites like to think of Mary not watching from heaven saying “you poor thing” when we’ve fallen but grabbing our arm and helping us to our feet and handing us a Kleenex to dry our tears. And, surely, you have heard Mary sing a lullaby?
 
The Carmelites aren’t removing the crowns from pictures and statues of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Mary is doing that.
 
 
Eighth Day, July 14
Cloud of Mount Carmel
 
Scripture
“Elijah said to his servant, “Go up [Mount Carmel] and look out to the sea.” He went up and looked and reported, “There is nothing.” Seven times Elijah said, “Look again.” The Seventh time the youth reported, “There is a cloud as small as a man’s hand rising from the sea.” – 1 Kings 18:43-44
 
If you look up the word ‘typology’ in the dictionary, one of the definitions will be about finding an Old Testament antecedent for a New Testament image. For example, the three days Jonah spent inside the whale is a similar ‘type’ of story as the three days Christ spent inside the tomb. Or the manna of Moses is a ‘type’ for the Eucharist. Or the flight through the Red Sea in the Exodus from Egypt is a ‘type’ for baptism. The early Christians loved to find these types.
 
The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel dates back in the 8th Century B.C. It was then that the great prophet Elias ascended the holy mountain of Carmel in Palestine, and began there a long tradition of contemplative life and prayer. Mount Carmel is the biblical site where the prophet Elias battled the 450 priests of Baal in a public spiritual contest which led to their defeat and ruin as Scriptures aptly recorded. (1 Kings 18:19-40). The people were then adoring Baal (the devil). To bring the people back to God, Elias prayed for a drought, which the people could understand as a sign of Divine displeasure.
 
After it did not rain for three and a half years thus drought-stricken, Elias went up to Mount Carmel and asked God to send rain. After praying for a time, he sent his companion to see if rain was coming. His companion went down the mountain side, looked to the sea, then returned to Elias and reported that he saw no rain. So Elias prayed again, then sent his companion down to the sea, and again, there was no rain. He prayed six times. Each time there was no rain.
 
Then Elias, never wavering in his confidence, prayed perseveringly for the seventh time. This time when the man went down the mountain to see any sign of foreboding rain. Elias received the good news on the seventh try. "Behold a little cloud arose out of the sea like a man's foot."  (1 Kings 18:44).  He saw a little cloud coming out of the sea in the shape of human hands and foot. And this cloud grew until it covered the whole land. And from that one cloud, there came the rain which sanctioned the end of a three-and-a-half year drought. This cloud is seen as a symbol for Mary, through whom the rains of mercy and grace descended on parched land, thereby restoring all things. The little cloud alludes to Mary’s virginity and maternity. 
 
To the inspired vision of the prophet, it had another and deeper meaning. It typified her, who rising from the bitter sea of man’s corrupt nature, was to bring upon the nations sweet showers of fructifying grace. Now Elias understood this cloud represented God’s Mother-to-come, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cloud was in the shape of a foot, and he knew the prophecy of Genesis, that the woman would crush the serpent’s head with her foot.
 
Saint Bonaventure tells us that every page of the Old Testament talks about the Blessed Virgin Mary in one way or another. Holy people have told us that there are two other reasons why this cloud represented the Blessed Virgin Mary:
 
1. Because the sea was a salt-water sea but the cloud was fresh water. The cloud represented Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. Our Lady arose out of sinful humanity, but she alone was conceived without original sin.
2. The cloud also represented the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mediatrix of all Graces. The rain-water represents grace. The rain-water that fell on all the parched land came from one cloud. It came through the Mediatrix of all Graces.
 
The early Carmelites took this practice to an extreme. In the passage from 1 Kings above, what did those early Carmelites see in the “cloud as small as a man’s hand”? They saw Mary! That little cloud was a prefigurement or an antecedent for Mary. In other words, the prophet Elijah had an experience or a premonition 950 years before the birth of Mary of Mary. There is a lot of old Carmelite art depicting this; namely, Mary appearing inside a cloud to the prophet Elijah as he stands on Mount Carmel. Even new Carmelite art uses this image. Yes, ask any Carmelite anywhere in the world what Elijah saw in the cloud and that friar or nun will say, “Mary!” 
 
What this image (Mary in the cloud) tells us is 1) pray even if it looks like your prayers are being ignored and 2) wait for it, it will come. In the above passage from 1 Kings, Elijah is praying that the drought, which he had called upon Israel would end. And he’s looking for the rain (actually he has his servant look) to show up. It doesn’t. So he prays and then looks. Nothing. So he prays some more and then looks. Nothing. He’s probably pretty discouraged by now, but he keeps it up, and on the seventh go-around (finally!) a small cloud shows up. But that’s enough for Elijah and he runs down the mountain to warn everybody that it’s going to rain. This tells us that God answers our prayers, but in God’s way and on God’s schedule. Yes, 1) keep praying and 2) it will come.
 
Elias saw the cloud as a symbol of the Virgin mentioned in the prophecies of Isaiah (Isaiah 7:14). The hermits took after his example and prayed likewise for the advent of the much awaited Virgin who would become the mother of the Messiah. It became their spiritual mission.
 
Theologians see in that little cloud a figure of Mary, bringing salvation in the seventh age of the world. As the clouds arise out of the sea without the weight and the salinity of the waters, so has Mary arisen out of the human race without suffering its stains.
 
A text most singularly representative of the spirit of Carmel and of its most ancient and quintessential mystical traditions, Elias would discern from that cloud four secrets from God concerning the birth of Our Lady:
1. The Immaculate Conception – because the Virgin would arise as a cloud out of the salty water of a guilty humanity, having the same nature of that water but without its bitterness.
2. The Virginity of Mary similar to that of Elias – because, if she "arose out of Mount Carmel" and "like a man’s foot," this means she would follow the path of Elias, who ascended Carmel through voluntary virginity.
3. The time of the Virgin’s birth – because as Elias’s servant saw the cloud on his seventh try so would the world witness the advent of the Virgin in the seventh age of the world.
4. The Virginal Maternity – because, in that little cloud, God would come down like sweet rain, "without noise of human collaboration," that is, without violating her purity.
 
And what about Mary in all this? Well, she tells us how prayer works. Her “fiat!” tells us that we need to be open to our prayers being answered according to God’s will and not our’s. Her patience (i.e., she pondered all these things in her heart) and Elijah’s patience tells us to be open to God’s schedule and not demand our’s. Her “do whatever he tells you” tells us to unite our deeds, our prayer, and our confidence to Jesus.
 
 
Ninth Day, July 15
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
 
“Carmel” in Hebrew means “garden” and the term “Garden Mount” is frequently given to the beautiful promontory in the northern part of the Holy Land, on the shore of the Mediteranean Sea. Carmel is famed in sacred song and story, and enshrined in the affection of all Catholic hearts through the devotion to the Mother of God under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
 
One time when Elias went across the river Jordan, he took his mantle off, touched the river with his mantle and it stopped the river from flowing, so he could cross it (4 Kings 2: 8). When he was to be taken up to heaven, his successor Eliseus asked Elias for his prophetic spirit. Elias said to him: “If I leave my mantle behind for you, know that you will receive this prophetic spirit.” Scripture tells us when the fiery chariot came and took Elias to heaven, it separated Elias and Eliseus. Then Eliseus picked up the mantle left behind by Elias (4 Kings 2: 13).
 
On Mount Carmel, there gathered about the Prophet Elias a group of disciples who with him practiced the virtues of ascetic and led the contemplative life.  Elias, being a prophet, decided to commemorate this event and he founded a community of hermits and monks on Mount Carmel to prepare for the coming of the Savior and His Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
According to a tradition, the successors of the “Sons of the Prophets,” as the followers of Elias and his disciple Eliseus were called, continued to dwell on the holy mountain through the centuries.
 
It is amazing to realize that centuries before Christ was born, Holy Elias and his followers had mystically dedicated themselves to God’s Mother-to-come: Mary,  Regina Décor Carmeli, Queen Beauty of Mount Carmel. Nearly three thousand years later that tradition of prayer, contemplation and devotion to Mary continues to live and prevail in the Catholic Church. 
 
On Pentecost, 10 days after Jesus ascended into heaven, the spiritual descendants of Elias and his followers came down from Mount Carmel. These were the first to accept the message of Christianity and was baptized by the apostles. When, at last, they were presented to Our Lady, and heard the sweet words form her lips, they were overcome with the sense of majesty and sanctity which they never forgot. They returned to their holy mountain, and erected the first chapel ever built in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From that time, devotion to God’s Mother became the treasured spiritual legacy of the hermits on Mount Carmel.
 
It is the distinctive glory of Carmelites that they are, in a special manner, children of Mary that, as the highest mountain-peak is touched with light long before the valleys are filled with sunshine, so something of her beauty was known upon Carmel nine hundred years before her birth. Because of the work He willed to accomplished through Mary; God allowed the simplicity and sweetness of her life to touch the lives of the solitaries of the wilderness.
 
When Saracens persecutions grew so cruel that there was no longer any hope of dwelling on Mount Carmel foundations were made in Europe. The vine of Carmel spread over Cyprus, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
 
In the year 1241, the Baron de Grey of England was returning from the Crusades in Palestine: he brought back with him a group of religious from the holy mountain of Carmel. Upon arrival, the baron generously presented the monks with a manor house in the town of Aylesford.  
 
It was to the successor of these hermits of Mount Carmel that Our Lady appeared centuries later. Saint Simon Stock was made Superior or Prior General of the Order of Carmelites for men in 1245.
 
Weighed down by all the external persecutions and internal dissensions, when difficulties seemed insurmountable at that time, the 90-year-old Saint Simon Stock had retired to his cell alone. He had recourse and poured out his heart to the Blessed Virgin Mary – asking her to help her and all the Carmelites. He fervently prayed to the Mother of Jesus in the words of the antiphon Flos Carmeli – Flower of Carmel. 
 
In response, Mary appeared to him in the quiet night of the 15th and 16th of July in the year 1251 as he was contemplating the word of God as the Rule of Carmel recommends, experienced an unusual meeting. Just as the barren woman, Hannah, mother of Samuel, received a messenger with a  word of hope, just as an unconvinced Gideon encountered the angel, and just as Mary welcomed Gabriel bearing the supreme hope and its fulfillment, so Saint Simon Stock encountered this exceptional messenger of God’s will.
 
The Blessed Virgin Mary was surrounded by multitude of angels. She gave the  scapular and indicated that it would be a sign of her maternal protection. She did this in the words: 
“This will be a privilege for you and for all Carmelites – 
whoever dies wearing this holy scapular will not suffer from the fires of hell.” 
 
The full Carmelite scapular is made of brown wool, is about 14 inches wide and is worn down to the knees in front and the back.
 
Saint Simon Stock established the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel shortly after this apparition. In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all laity who are willing to be invested in the brown scapular of the Carmelites and who perpetually wear it. Pope Urban IV, in 1262, extended special blessings to these Confraternity members. 
 
 
Litany in Honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Based on the Sequence “Flos Carmeli”
 
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. 
 
Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
 
Father in heaven, our God, have mercy on us.
Son, Savior of the world, our God, have mercy on us.
Holy Spirit, our God, have mercy on us.
Blessed Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
 
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Mary of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Holy Mary of the Scapular, pray for us.
 
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother who knew not man, pray for us.
Mother most loveable, pray for us.
Mother most kind, pray for us.
Mother and Lady of Carmel, pray for us.
Mother who hears her children, pray for us.
Mother merciful towards her children, pray for us.
Mother who consoles us in exile, pray for us.
Mother who protects us at the hour of our death, pray for us.
Mother ever virgin, pray for us.
 
Virgin most pure, pray for us.
Virgin most Immaculate, pray for us. 
Virgin uncontaminated, pray for us.
Virgin who listens to the Word, pray for us.
 
Our most kindly Patroness, pray for us.
Our most powerful Protector, pray for us.
Our amiable Sister, pray for us.
Our wise Teacher, pray for us.
 
Mystical Star of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Ever-blooming Vine, pray for us.
Splendor of heaven, pray for us.
Star of the sea, pray for us.
Light in the night of the spirit, pray for us.
Root of Jesse in radiant bloom, pray for us.
Lily among thorns, pray for us.
God’s good Earth, pray for us.
Flower of Carmel, pray for us.
Filled with God’s grace, pray for us.
Chosen Spouse of God, pray for us.
Dwelling Place of the Incarnate Word, pray for us.
Right Path that leads to heaven, pray for us.
Sure Guide to the Mount which is Christ, pray for us.
Key and Gate to paradise, pray for us.
Dry fleece in the midst of the morning dew, pray for us.
Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.
Fragrant Rose, pray for us.
Perfume of Carmel, pray for us.
Model of Carmelites, pray for us.
Model of contemplatives, pray for us.
Fertile Garden of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Refreshing Rain in aridity, pray for us.
Light Cloud that rise from the sea, pray for us.
Strong Armor against the forces of evil, pray for us.
Shield of salvation, pray for us.
Helmut of hope, pray for us.
Cincture of justice, pray for us.
Medicine for sin, our advocate, pray for us.
Our strength against the darts of the enemy, pray for us.
 
Queen of all Carmelite Saints, pray for us.
Queen of all Carmelite Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of all Carmelite Mystics, pray for us.
Queen of Carmelite Doctors of the Church, pray for us.
Queen of the universe, pray for us.
 
V./ Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, 
R./ forgive us, O Lord.
 
V./ Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, 
R./ hear us, O Lord.
 
V./ Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, 
R./ have mercy on us.
V./ Pray for us, Holy Mother of God, 
R./ Make us worthy of the promises of Christ.
 
Prayer
Queen and Splendor of Carmel,
Fragrant Flower of holiness,
lovingly look upon us.
Give us the belt of truth.
Cloth us with the garment of integrity
and upon our feet
place the shoes of eagerness
to spread the gospel of peace,
so that, always carrying the shield of faith
we may climb the holy Mountain
who is Jesus Christ, the Lord,
and there receive from God
the crown of salvation.
Amen.
 
Closing Song
 
FLOWER OF CARMEL (1)
Translation of “Flos Carmeli” of Saint Simon Stock  
 
Flower of Carmel, blossoming vine! 
Splendor of heaven, God’s Mother divine. 
O heart of meekness, peerless thou art. 
To us, thy children, thy favors impart. 
Beautiful Lady, Queen of my soul. 
List while we praise thee with sweet melody. 
Thyself a mother, to us ever show.
 Lead us to Jesus, O Star of the sea, 
Carmel’s Queen Beauty, there’s none like to thee.
 
 
FLOWER OF CARMEL (2)
Translation of “Flos Carmeli” of Saint Simon Stock  
 
Flower of Carmel, blossoming vine! 
Splendor of heaven, mother benign. 
None like to thee. 
Mother of meekness peerless thou art. 
To Carmel’s children favors impart, Star of the sea.
 
 
FLOWER OF CARMEL (3)
Translation of “Flos Carmeli” of Saint Simon Stock                                                        
Therese of the Holy Family, OCD
 
Flower of Carmel, blossoming vine! 
Splendor of heaven, mother divine. 
Splendor of heaven, mother divine. 
 
None like to thee. None like to thee. 
Mother of meekness peerless thou art. 
Unto thy children of Carmel, favors impart, Star of the sea.
 
 
FLOWER OF CARMEL (4)
Translation of “Flos Carmeli” of Saint Simon Stock                                                           
Haluendo Rafael A. Amit, OCD
 
You are the Flower of Carmel. 
You are our Mother so dear. 
Blossoming Queen, You’re in heaven. 
Beautiful Mother of Carmel, so gentle. 
I pray to you, Virgin Mother, look tenderly upon us. 
I pray to you, Queen of Carmel. Whisper to Jesus, my love. 
You are the Star of the sea, bring us to life’s destiny. 
Mother of grace, peerless meekness, grant us your children, 
the grace till the end. 
I pray to you, Virgin Mother, look tenderly upon us, 
I pray to you, Queen of Carmel. Whisper to Jesus, my love. 
Whisper to Jesus, the songs in my heart (in my heart). 
Flower of Carmel, you are our Mother. Amen.
 
 
FLOWER OF CARMEL (5)
Translation of “Flos Carmeli” of Saint Simon Stock                                                                                  
Gregorian Melody
 
Flower of Carmel, 
vine ever blossoming, heaven’s splendor to you from its great King grace was given. 
To bear God’s Son and Virgin still to be. 
Grant your children, O bright Star of the sea, gifts from heaven.
 
Root of Jesse, whence came the wondrous flower. 
Keep us with you through life’s uncertain hour and for ever. 
Pure lily maid, abloom amid our thorn. 
Make our minds strong, our hearts with love adorn, teach us ever.
 
 

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