16/7: Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

As always with a Feast day thread, bloggers are invited to share their thoughts about the Feast,  share favourite prayers and hymns, and any links which may help us to understand the meaning and importance of the Festival.  Of course, also feel free to discuss any relevant issues, and generally enjoy the day.  

The following is taken from the website of the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Balornock, Glasgow:

There will be a Solemn High Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Balornock, at 12 pm on Saturday 16th July, celebrated by Fr James Mawdsley FSSP. Fr James Mawdsley was ordained on 2nd July in Bavaria, by His Grace Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Ecclesia Dei Commission. He will be celebrating First Masses around the UK during the next couple of weeks, and we are honoured to have him celebrate at Immaculate Heart.

Happy Feast day to one and all – not least the newly ordained Father Mawdsley!  

21 responses

  1. A happy Feast day everyone!

    One of the most important aspects of this Feast is the Brown Scapular, IMHO.
    https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/brown_scapular.htm

    I would encourage everyone to get enrolled in the Brown Scapular, you need to ask a priest to do that, but only once. Even if your scapular breaks and you need a new one, you don’t need to get it blessed or re-enrolled.

    • Michaela,

      Thank you for that reminder about the Brown Scapular. In fact, there will be a short enrolment ceremony tomorrow, Sunday, 17th May (in honour of today’s Feast) for anyone who wishes to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular. It will take place at the end of Mass, which begins at 9.45.a.m.

      Here is a very good article from the Fatima Center
      , which includes miracles associated with the Scapular (scroll down to page 8 for the miracles)

    • DOTF,

      I’ve just visited your blog and read that wonderful meditation – full of practical help for the deepening of our spiritual and religious life. Thank you SO much for that. I’ve just had time to read it quickly but I will read it again – indeed, it repays reading over and over, I have no doubt.

      A very happy Feast day to you again (I left Feast day greetings on your own blog!)

  2. Happy Feast Day everybody. I must look up St.Simon Stock as I know nothing about him!

      • Congratulations, Petrus! Editor, might you be talked into posting a recording of Petrus’ talk at the Conference? Oh, and lest I be chastised for getting off topic, Happy Feast Day!!

        • RCA Victor

          The talks were not recorded but Fr Clovis has provided a typed copy which I can email to anyone who asks, and if Petrus provides a typed copy of his, ditto.

          Over to thee, Petrus.

          • Yes, I have a typed copy although I did make some last minute changes and did a good deal of ad libbing.

            The talk can be emailed out after a donation to Catholic Truth and my holiday fund!

  3. A very happy Feast Day to you all. I was enrolled in the itchy Brown Scapular at my reception into the Catholic Church!

    • Olaf,

      “Itchy Brown Scapular” – trust you. The rest of us settle for the plain ole brown scapular. You have to go one better and find a brand name 😀

  4. I never knew there were any Carmelite jokes out there, but here’s one:

    “The 98 year old Carmelite Mother Superior from Ireland was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed trying to make her last journey comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink but she refused. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of Irish whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk. Back at Mother Superior’s bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop. “Mother,” the nuns asked with earnest, “please give us some wisdom before you die.”

    She raised herself up in bed and with a peaceful look on her face said, “Don’t sell that cow!”

  5. OK, so I’m a day late but I still think this excerpt about the events of July 16th, 1858 is worth reading:

    During the evening the little Soubirous girl was again to be seen in church. In the morning, out of devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel whose scapular she had worn since her First Communion, she approached the Holy Table ‘for the third or fourth time’, observed M.Estrade. For this fresh favour she wished to renew her thanks. Now, while she was praying, the voice of the ‘All-Beautiful’, after more than three months’ silence, made itself heard again in her heart. She made the sign of the cross, got up and went off to her youngest aunt’s home. Quick, quick, she had to go to the grotto: she was expected there! But aunt and niece knew very well that the meeting place was barricaded and inaccessible. They took the Castle road and several women from the district followed them.

    The little group stopped in the meadow opposite Massabielle; it was eight o’clock and the day was closing in. From where they stood, Bernadette and her companions could make out the vault of the grotto beyond the river but the rest was hidden by a fence of planks. Some other women who were praying there at this late hour came and joined the new arrivals. Bernadette took out her rosary and knelt down. They copied her.

    A few Hail Marys and then with a gesture of happy surprise, Bernadette unclasped her hands and stretched them out towards the wonderful Vision. ‘Yes, yes, there she is!’ she exclaimed in the first thrill of her ecstasy. ‘She is greeting us and smiling to us over the barrier.’

    ‘She appeared to me in the usual place but did not say anything to me,’ Bernadette declared later. ‘Never had I seen her looking so beautiful.’ After about a quarter of an hour, Our Lady ceased to show herself.

    ‘But’, as one of her friends asked her afterwards, ‘how could you see her from the meadow? The river is so wide at that point and the planks of the barrier come up so high.’ ‘At that moment,’ she replied ‘I saw neither the Gave nor the planks. It seemed to me that the distance between the Lady and myself was no greater than at other times. I saw only her.’

    The eighteenth and last Apparition! On earth it was goodbye or rather au revoir until the ‘happiness of the next world’. Bernadette concluded with a smile of resignation: ‘Since then I have not seen her any more.’

    Taken from ‘Saint Bernadette Soubirous’ by Abbé François Trochu.

    The title ‘Our Lady of Mount Carmel’ reminds me of both what you might call the martial and salvific aspects of Our Lady’s intercession – martial because of the fate of the prophets of Baal at Elijah’s hands on the slopes of Mount Carmel and salvific because biblical exegetes consider the ‘tiny cloud the size of a man’s hand’ which his servant observed from Mount Carmel the seventh time at Elijah’s bidding, to be a type of Our Lady.
    This cloud heralded the rains that would bring an end to the three and a half years of drought and famine that had afflicted the Kingdom of Israel. The Church’s own drought and famine has lasted much longer than three and a half years but we cherish the hope and knowledge that the ‘little cloud’ will appear on the horizon once again.

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