July in honour of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

Dedicate this month to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who as our Mother par excellence, will bestow a shower of graces to invigorate the Order, the Church, present and future and all mankind.

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Sanctify each day of July in honour of Our Most Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel which exclusively comprises passages from the Bible, the liturgy and Marian writings by outstanding members of the Order of Mount Carmel throughout her history, above all, by her Saints. 

Many Carmelite Saints are relatively unknown, apart from the three great Doctors of the Church: St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila), St. John of the Cross and St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus & the Holy Face, the Little Flower of Lisieux and those martyred in Auswitz: St Benedicta of the Cross and St. Titus Brandsma. 

They are most of all people who lived a life of intense prayer and contemplation, many of whom were then able to pass on their living experience of God, the Most Blessed Trinity and of Mary to others, through their example and writings.

    The texts form a month of devotion, with the only desire for the Virgin Mary, under the advocation of Carmel, to be more honoured and loved in the present and in the future. And She, as a good Mother, will obtain from God, the Most Blessed Trinity, a shower of graces which will bring a flourishing of life in the Order, the Church, present and future, so as to be a better instrument to save the whole of mankind.  

Programme

  • Day 1. A cloud as 
    small as a man's hand is rising from the sea

    The Chapel to the Virgin Mary on Mount Carmel and the Institution of the first monks

  • Day 2. I asked for wisdom and in purity I found her

    St. Andrew Corsini (1374 †). St. Peter Thomas (1375 †)

  • Day 3. Look, the young woman is with child and shall name him Emmanuel

    John Baconthorp (1348 †), St. Nuño of St. Mary (1431 †), John Grossi (1435 †)

  • Day 4. All grace of the way and of the truth is in me

    Arnold Bostius (1499 †) John of Paleoniodorus (1507 †)

  • Day 5. You are a garden enclosed, my sister, my promised bride

    Bld. John Baptista Mantuanus (1516 †) & John of St. Samson (1636 †)

  • Day 6. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice

    Michael of St. Augustine (1684†)

  • Day 7. Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge

    Marie of St. Teresa (Petijt 1677†)

  • DAY 8. Day I of the Novena For nothing will be impossible with God

    St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

  • Day 9. Day II of the Novena. Why has the mother of my Lord come to me?

    St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

  • Day 10. Day III of the Novena. The Lord has looked with favour on his servant.

    St. Titus Brandsma

  • Day 11 - Day IV of the Novena there was no place for them in the inn

    St. John of the Cross

  • Day 12. Day V of the Novena The inner thoughts of many will be revealed

    St. Teresa of Jesus

  • Day 13. Day VI of the Novena Do whatever he tells you

    St. Maravillas of Jesus

  • Day 14. Day VII of the Novena Happy are those who hear the word of God and do it

    St. Teresa of the Andes

  • Day 15. Day 8 Novena ‘Here is your mother & the disciple took her into his own home

    St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

  • Day 16 Day 9 Novena  They were all filled with the holy Spirit and the Spirit enabled them to proclaim

    Servant of God, Bartholomew Xiberta

  • Day 17. So you are no longer a slave but a child of God

    St. Teresa of Jesus, The way of Mary & Joseph (1582†)

  • Day 18 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power

    St. Juan of the Cruz (1591 †)

  • Day 19 For waters shall break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert

    St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (1607†)

  • Day 20 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God

Bld. Ana of St. Bartholomew (1626†)

  • Day 21 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly

Servant of God Jerónimo Gracián of the Mother of God (1614 †)

  • Day 22 Blessed be the God who has blessed us in Christ 

    Servant of God John of Jesus Mary (1615†)

  • Day 23 Be rooted and grounded in love

    Juan de la Miseria (1616 †)

  • Day 24 Whoever finds me finds life and obtains favour from the Lord

    St. Teresa Margaret Redi (1770 †), St. Joaquina de Vedruna (1854 †) & St. Mary de Jesus Cruci  fied (1878†)

  • Day 25 I am the mother of fair love and holy hope

    Bld. Francisco Palau y Quer (1872†) & St. Enrique de Ossó (1896†)

  • Day 26 As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you

    St. Mary Zélie Guérin (1877 †) & St.. Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1897 †)

  • Day 27 O daughter, you are blessed by the Most High God above all other women 

     Servant of God Augustine Mary of the Blessed Sacrament (1871†) & St. Raphael Kalinowski (1907†)

  • Day 28 I brought you into the plentiful land of Carmel

     St. Titus Brandsma (1942 †) & St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1942†)

  • Day 29 All things work together for good for those who love God

    Carmelite Martyrs

  • Day 30 The Lord is in your midst, he will rejoice over you as on a day of festival

     Servant of God John Vicent of Jesus Mary (1943 †) & Bld. Marie-Eugène of the Child Jesus (1967 †)

  • Day 31 Now has come the salvation of our God and the authority of his Messiah

    Bld. Maria Felicia of the Holy Sacrament (1959 †) & Servant of God Lucía of Jesus and of the Im  maculate Heart of Mary (2005 †)

Written and compiled

by  María Pilar Vila, Doctor in Theology.

Translated by Chantal Roxane Haigh, OCDS.

In depth studies, articles relating to Carmel may be found on María Pilar Vila's website, which has an automatic translator for items not already in English:

https://carmeloteresajuan.wordpress.com/

The Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (OCDS)

Curious to know what it means to be a secular member of the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order of Great Britain? Then please click on the following link:

https://www.secularcarmel.org.uk/purpose

Prayer from the retreat

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein 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 succour me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O, show me herein you are my Mother, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times) Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times). Amen