Queen, beauty of Carmel!
O most beautiful flower of Carmel,
fruitful vine, splendor of heaven,
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin, assist us in our necessity.
O star of the sea, help us and show us the way.
O Mary conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you.
In the Ascent of Mount Carmel, St. John of the Cross wrote: “Oh that someone might show us how to understand, practice and experience what this counsel is which our Saviour here gives us concerning the denial of ourselves, so that spiritual persons might see in how different a way they should conduct themselves upon this road than that which many of them think proper.... Oh that someone would tell us how far Our Lord desires this self-denial to be carried!” This lament is addressed to us “spiritual persons,” who claim to be Christ’s friends. - Sr. Ruth Burrows ocd
In thanksgiving for the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel.
Happy feast day!