Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This weekend, we will celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Sts. Peter & Paul, since we are under the pastorship of the Discalced Carmelites (OCD).
After the Mass, there will be a candlelit procession around the compound of the church accompanied by the recitation of the rosary and Marian antiphons / hymns. At the end of the procession, there will be the investiture of the Brown Scapular.
A limited number of the Missalette (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) will be made available as you enter the main entrance of the church for the Saturday 5:30pm Mass. Feel free to download, print and bring your own.
Here’s a lecture of the Carmelites and the Brown Scapular.
Shorter videos are found here:
The significance of Mount Carmel (from the Hebrew, it means “God’s Vineyard”, or “Mount of Gardens”):
- it was a symbol of beauty (Isaiah 35:2)
- the place where Elijah challenged the 450 prophets of Baal in a deadly contest
- it is located about 35KM from Nazareth – the place Mary & Joseph were from, and where Jesus grew up (35KM would be about an 8-hour walk)
- about the 1200’s, hermits would live in the caves of Carmel and during the invasion of the Saracens, they followed St. Simon Stock to England and that sparked the growth of the Carmelite Order, although not without debilitating problems that initially threatened the continued existence of the Order
- the final apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette took place on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16, 1858, France)
- in the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatimah, our Lady appeared as “Our Lady of Mount Carmel” in one of her manifestations (October 13, 1917, Portugal)
Here are some resources to assist the faithful in familiarising themselves with some of the music that will accompany the liturgy on Saturday:
Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel), Sequence
Ave Maris Stella (PDF)
Salve Regina (Solemn Tone)
For more information about the Carmelite Friars in Singapore, click here.
If you wish to make an enquiry or discern about your vocation with the Carmelites, you may contact them here.
O Mary, Star of the Sea (Ave Maris Stella), and Flower of Carmel (Flos Carmeli), pray for us, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.