Our Lady of Mount Carmel
On 16 July, united in prayer with the Carmelite family throughout the world, we celebrate the great Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our patronal feast.
This title of Our Lady has its origins with the beginnings of the Carmelite Order itself, when in the late 12thor early 13thCentury, a group of hermits living on Mount Carmel built a chapel in honour of ‘Our Lady of the place’. Later they became known as the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Mary is invoked by Carmelites both as Mother and as sister; she is one who walks with us on our journey of faith and whose example we can follow in our discipleship of Jesus. We pray for her protection and intercession for the whole Carmelite family.
you willed that the Order of Carmel
should be named in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of your Son.
Through her prayers as we honour her today
bring us to your Holy Mountain, Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.