Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel…

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On July 16, 1251, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, the Father of the Carmelite Order, and presented him with the Scapular. St. Simon’s story began as an English hermit that lived in the hollow of a tree. He received the name “stock” because he lived in the hollowed trunk or stock of a tree. In time he would become a Carmelite and later the Father General of the order. He led the order during a time of great struggle. The Carmelites in the beginning were hermits on Mount Carmel, near Nazareth in the Holy Land. When they migrated to Europe, in this case England, some decided to no longer be hermits and instead became friars who would work among the people. St. Simon guided them through this state of transition. In the year 1251 a miraculous vision took place. St. Simon Stock, newly transplanted to England, prayed fervently to Our Lady for Her help. Then: To him appeared the Blessed Virgin with a multitude of angels, holding the Scapular of the order in her blessed hands. Click here to read more

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This thread is firstly, of course, to pay tribute to Our Lady of Mount Carmel – one of the most beautiful of Our Lady’s Feasts, since it celebrates, too, the Order of Carmelites, often described as “Our Lady’s Order”.  Carmelite nuns are especially committed to praying for priests, so we ought to value them for that reason alone, if for no other.  Carmelites will be celebrating today, having plenty of goodies to eat and enjoying fun recreations. We may also, therefore, use this thread, not only to share our favourite prayers, litanies and hymns in Our Lady’s honour, but also  to share (good clean) jokes and stories – let’s feel free to set aside the serious stuff today and enjoy the Feast. Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to one and all 😀

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  1. Happy Feast Day everyone!

    I thought you would all would all enjoy this joke about celebrating, since we’re celebrating this great Feast Day – except maybe the blondes! Take it in the spirit of fun intended!

    A bunch of blondes walk into a restaurant celebrating and chanting “28 days, 28 days, it only took us 28 days!!” Everyone was wondering what took them 28 days and why they were celebrating. Finally, when the blondes were about to leave, a waiter goes up and asks “What took you 28 days, why are you celebrating??” All the blondes say “We just finished a puzzle in 28 days and on the box it said 3-6 years!”

  2. I also have a joke –

    I never wanted to believe that my Dad was stealing from his job as a road worker.

    But when I got home, all the signs were there. (smiley face here!)

  3. Yes, well, Happy Feast Day indeed … but not much to celebrate for the sisters of Falkirk Carmel, who have put their monastery up for sale after a presence of 83 in the town. The reason … lack of vocations, who’d’ve thought it? A “Thanksgiving” Mass was celebrated in late may 2014 by Mgr Cushley, Archbishop of StA&E.
    Meanwhile, over at the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, where vocations are thriving … here’s a good idea, “Let’s close those rosary bead-counters down as well!”
    I fear the Church is sick and rotting … from the head down …

    • Sarto 2010,

      Sure is sad to see the decline of Carmel. Just when we desperately need contemplative religious to pray for the Church.

  4. Happy Feast everyone!

    I’m sure this prayer to Our Lady is well known, but here it is anyway.

    “O, Most Beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity (intention). O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein Thou art my Mother.

    “O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech Thee from the bottom of my heart to help me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein Thou art my Mother.

    O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)
    Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Thy Hands. (3 times)

  5. Two of my favorite hymns to Our Lady:)


    As for jokes…..
    Q. What does a musician do when his family runs out of food?
    A. He gets his Liszt and goes out Chopin, promising to be Bach soon. (As long as he isn’t Baroque because then he can’t go Chopin!)

    Q.How can you tell when there are singers at the door?
    A. They can’t find the key, and they never know when to come in!

    • Thank you, Chopin. Great to hear from you again.

      I’m looking forward to that video and LOVE the jokes!

      Happy Feast Day!

    • Chopin,

      I’m just listening to the videos now – absolutely beautiful.

      Thank you so much for posting the links.

      Apologies – I now realise there were two links to two different videos and I mistakenly deleted one of them. I think I traced it on YouTube and re-posted with the link because the video is programmed not to play on other websites (pain!)

      Thank you again, Chopin – and I hope you’ve enjoyed the Feast!

  6. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread today – I’m impressed with all the prayers, hymns, links about the scapular etc and looking forward, Theresa Rose, to viewing your video on miracles through the Brown Scapular.

    I’m surprised at so few jokes, however, so a special words of thanks to Michaela, Margaret Mary and Chopin for making us laugh.

    And here’s my own contribution to the “fun” part of the day – especially for the benefit of any priests out there who happen along… the following advice is from the American comic, George Burns…

    The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.
    😀

    I’ll close this thread now, with renewed thanks to everyone who contributed.

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

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