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!  

Brown Scapular: A Sign of Salvation…

OurLadyStSimonStockScapularIn the year 1251, in the town of Aylesford in England, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite. She handed him a brown woollen scapular and said, “This shall be a privilege for you and all Carmelites, that anyone dying in this habit shall not suffer eternal fire.”
In time, the Church extended this magnificent privilege to all the laity who are willing to be invested in the Brown Scapular of the Carmelites and who perpetually wear it.  Read more…     Brownscapular

 


Comment:

As we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the 16th July, we ought to reflect on the central importance of the contemplative Religious Orders, always regarded as the Church’s “power house”.   

If not already enrolled in the Brown Scapular, it’s important to make the effort now.  Things are developing speedily in the world and the Church – I’m sure we’re all aware that we all need all the spiritual help we can muster.

The priest at St Andrew’s SSPX chapel in Glasgow will be enrolling those who wish to be enrolled in the Brown Scapular after Mass on Sunday next, 19th July.  Mass begins at 9.45.a.m.  I’m sure there will be scapulars on sale in the little shop if you don’t already have one.  However, any priest may enrol in the Brown Scapular and the procedure is set out here – just scroll down to reach it/print it off, if you think you know a priest who will conduct the enrolment.

It is a gift to us from our Heavenly Mother… 
“Whosoever dies in this garment shall not suffer eternal fire”

              – promise of Our Lady to St Simon Stock on July 16th, 1251                   

                                                                                       

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel…

CarmelOur Lady of Mt Carmel

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

Comment

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 😀