The General Chapter declared it to be the principal feast of the Order in the 17th c.
Mary triumphs, she gives the fruit of life!
Carmelites have long ascribed the composition of the hymn. Flos Carmeli to St. Simon Stock
This year's theme: the Flos Carmeli hymn
St Albert the Lawgiver of Carmel cites the prophet Isaiah: "If you return and be quiet, you shall be saved: in silence and in hope shall your strength be."
Lady of the mystic mountain, where the Lord has set His throne, grant us grace to climb Mount Carmel..."
"... to commune with God within the recesses of our soul through abandonment. There lies the key to God’s love and peace."
Scripture – Psalm 16:7-11 I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. I am always aware of the Lord's presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me. And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure, because you protect me from the power... Continue Reading →
"Nothing whatsoever can happen except as it pleases God to allow it. And, in regard to that, I am completely at peace."
"Blessed cloud of God’s protection"
"Hail, Gate of Heaven, with glory now crowned"