Our Lady of Mount Carmel; St Fulrad of Saint Denis
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Lady of Mount Carmel
Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah
(northern Israel) in the 12th century. They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. By the 13th century
they became known as "Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel." They soon celebrated a special Mass and
Office in honor of Mary. In 1726 it became a celebration of the universal Church under the title of
Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
For centuries the Carmelites have seen themselves as
specially related to Mary. Their great saints and theologians have promoted devotion to her and
often championed the mystery of her Immaculate Conception.
St. Teresa of Avila (October
15) called Carmel "the Order of the Virgin." St. John of the Cross (December 14) credited Mary with
saving him from drowning as a child, leading him to Carmel and helping him escape from prison. St.
Theresa of the Child Jesus (October 1) believed that Mary cured her from illness. On her First
Communion, she dedicated her life to Mary. During the last days of her life she frequently spoke of
There is a tradition (which may not be historical) that Mary appeared to St.
Simon Stock, a leader of the Carmelites, and gave him a scapular, telling him to promote devotion to
it. The scapular is a modified version of Mary´s own garment. It symbolizes her special protection
and calls the wearers to consecrate themselves to her in a special way. The scapular reminds us of
the gospel call to prayer and penance—a call that Mary models in a splendid way.
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