Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is an ancient devotion, very necessary in our times when there is great conflict and persecution in the Middle East. When the dogma of faith is challenged and compromised throughout Christendom. When paganism has once again attracted and made captive mainstream society. When idolatry has replaced true worship of God the Father in spirit and truth.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is the Good Shepherdess, the luminous cloud, rising from the sea, leading the exodus from idolatry and selfish sensuality.
Besides the prayers of preparation for Our Lady's feast, one might consider being clothed in the Scapular of Mt. Carmel, if you haven't been already; as both a sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and as an external sign of her maternal protection.
Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel,
fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven.
Blessed Mother of the Son of God,
Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity,
Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me here you are my Mother.
Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God Queen of Heaven and Earth,
I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart
to succor me in my necessity.
There are none that can withstand your power.
Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands. Amen.