Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Here are ideas for celebrating this day with your family. Prayer
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Thou who, with special mercy, look upon those clothed in thy beloved Habit, cast a glance of pity upon me. Fortify my weakness with thy strength; enlighten the darkness of my mind with thy wisdom; increase my faith, hope and charity. Assist me during life, console me by thy presence at my death, and present me to the August trinity as thy devoted child, that I may bless thee for all eternity in Paradise.
Amen.
Finish or begin this novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother. Our Lady, queen and beauty of Carmel, pray for me and obtain my requests. Sweet Mother, I place this cause into your hands.
Amen. Food & Treats For food, you can keep it simple and yummy for this feast day with vanilla ice cream with warm caramel sauce.
Start your day with a Carmel Iced Coffee for you or hubby and a Carmel Iced Milk for the children. Catholic Cuisine has more delicious ideas including a creative scapular cake.

Crafts & Activities "Have a priest enroll you in the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or popularly known as the "Brown Scapular" and begin wearing it as a sign of your love for Our Lady. A priest enrolls people in the Brown Scapular only once. The Scapular can then be replaced afterwards by other scapulars or the scapular medal, which has on one side the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and on the other, the image of Mary. The medal needs to be blessed by a priest, but the cloth scapulars do not require a blessing (separate from enrollment)." (from catholicculture.org) Catholic Company has brown scapulars here and scapular medals here.

Watch this youtube.com video about devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Color this coloring picture of Our Lady of Mount Carmel from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church .

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

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