Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel


Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?
Hail, thou Star of ocean!
Portal of the sky!
Ever Virgin Mother
Of the Lord Most High!

Oh! by Gabriel's Ave,
Utter'd long ago,
Eva's name reversing,
Establish peace below.

Break the captives' fetters;
Light on blindness pour;
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother;
Offer Him our sighs,
Who for us Incarnate
Did not thee despise.

Virgin of all virgins!
To thy shelter take us:
Gentlest of the gentle!
Chaste and gentle make us.

Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavour,
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever.

Through the highest heaven,
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.


  1. Happy Feast Day Terry and all the 3rd Order Carmelites!

    FLOWER of Carmel,
    Tall vine blossom laden;
    Splendor of heaven,
    Childbearing yet maiden.
    None equals thee.

    Mother so tender,
    Who no man didst know,
    On Carmel's children
    Thy favors bestow.
    Star of the Sea.

    Strong stem of Jesse,
    Who bore one bright flower,
    Be ever near us
    And guard us each hour,
    who serve thee here.

    Purest of lilies,
    That flowers among thorns,
    Bring help to the true heart
    That in weakness turns
    and trusts in thee.

    Strongest of armor,
    We trust in thy might:
    Under thy mantle,
    Hard press'd in the fight,
    we call to thee.

    Our way uncertain,
    Surrounded by foes,
    Unfailing counsel
    You give to those
    who turn to thee.

    O gentle Mother
    Who in Carmel reigns,
    Share with your servants
    That gladness you gained
    and now enjoy.

    Hail, Gate of Heaven,
    With glory now crowned,
    Bring us to safety
    Where thy Son is found,
    true joy to see.

  2. Happy feast day Fr. Gary and Cathy. I went to the monastery today.

  3. LOVELY prayer..thank you Fr Gary.


  4. Happy feast, dear Sara.

  5. Thank you for using my photo. The image is taken at the Carmelite Church of Buen Suceso, Seville, Spain on 2007

  6. My apologies for failing to give credit - thank you so much for supplying accredidation and permission. God reward you!


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