Carmelite Moment: July 3

Strong stem of Jesse,
Who bore one bright flower,
Be ever near us
And guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.

Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Stella Maris Basilica, Haifa

On July 3, 1933, the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was blessed by Cardinal Rafael Rossi, O.C.D. in the Parish of St. Teresa in Rome after a period of art conservation and restoration. The image had been transferred from Mount Carmel to Rome to place a solid body on the statue and then to ornament it, at the request of the General Chapter held at Stella Maris Basilica on Mount Carmel to mark the occasion of the III Centenary of the Discalced Carmelite foundation made on Mount Carmel by Fr. Prosper of the Holy Spirit in 1631.  The statue was sculpted in part with cedar from Lebanon.

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