Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title given to Our Blessed Mother as the patroness of the Carmelite order. Mount Carmel is located in the Holy Land. The early Carmelites lived as hermits there. They are a contemplative order.
There is also a tradition of the brown scapular associated with Our Lady. This devotion was started by St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite, who had a vision of her in 1251 in England. Learn more about this devotion.
Her feast day is July 16.
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In addition to being the patroness of the Carmelites, Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also the patroness of protection from harm and deliverance from Purgatory.
Daily Mass Readings for the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
- First Reading - Zechariah 2:14-17: "Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD."
- Responsorial Psalm - Luke 1: "The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name."
- Gospel - Matthew 12:46-50: "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother."
- Know the story
- Understand those promises you've heard about
- Modern popularity
- Wear, wash, repeat
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“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel. “Isaiah 7:14.
On Mt. Carmel, Elijah saw a vision of the virgin described by the prophet Isaiah. The hermits who lived there later, had great devotion to this particular scripture passage.