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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

16 July 2018

(Solemnity)

Mount Carmel is commemorated in Scripture for its beauty, and it was there that the prophet Elijah defended the purity of Israels faith in the living God. Towards the end of the twelfth century A.D., near a spring called after Elijah, a group of hermits established themselves on Mount Carmel and built an oratory in honour of Our Lady, whom they chose as their titular and patroness. They became known as the Brothers of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel. They regarded the Blessed Virgin as their Mother, and their model first of all in leading the contemplative life, and later in sharing the fruits of their contemplation with others. The Solemn Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was first celebrated in England in the fourteenth century, but was gradually adopted throughout the Order as an occasion of thanksgiving for the countless blessings which Our Lady had bestowed on the Carmelite family.