Novena To Our Lady Of Mount Carmel

In the lead up to the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on 16 July, we are asking all of you to join us in a novena for our new Monastery, which we will be praying from Sunday, 8 July. The prayers can be found at the bottom of this post.

We are so grateful for the generosity of the many supporters who have been able to contribute to our Monastery fund in recent months. With all the ecclesiastical and legal necessities already in place, the purchase of property for the sisters is the last significant step in realising their arrival in Australia. If you have yet to make a donation, the details can be found on the donation page on our website. Any donation, large or small, can make a difference and regular weekly or monthly donations are also a great way to give ongoing support.

Please help us to spread the word about the Monastery! You can forward our emails to your contacts and encourage them to follow us on social media. We are also keen to find people who would be happy to distribute pamphlets for us – to friends, in their local parish (with the appropriate permission) or other communities. If you can assist with this, contact us with your postal address details and a bundle can be sent out.


NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL

Prayer for Every Day
July 8 – 16

Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.

First Day
The beauty of Carmel and the Glory of Lebanon are given to you in your Immaculate Conception, O Blessed Queen of Carmel! I also rise from the sea of this world, not like you all pure and Immaculate, but full of sin. Help me, look upon me with your eyes of mercy. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel,
Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine,
Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven,
To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine,
Favors grant ever,
None like to you.
Star of the Sea.

Second Day
I give thanks to you O Virgin Mother of Carmel, for the gift of your holy Scapular, the sign of your Confraternity: O my Mother, make me worthy to wear your sacred livery, and may my heart ever be pure, free from every stain of sin. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Third Day
Virgin Mother of Carmel, remember me who am consecrated to you by the holy Scapular, I place my trust in you, O Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Ever-Immaculate Queen. O Mother mild, implore your Son to hear my prayer now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Fourth Day
I thank you my Lady and Mother, for the gift of your holy Scapular. You know well my weakness and my malice, but I trust in you and under your protection I take refuge. O holy Mother of Mt. Carmel, despise not my petitions in my necessities, but deliver me from all danger. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Fifth Day
Queen and beauty of Carmel, your glance is love, hope and sweetness. As the rays of the sun color the flowers, so also your glance gives to the soul strength and beauty. May I remain ever before you my Mother, and turn your eyes of mercy on me. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Sixth Day
O dear Mother of Carmel, I love you more than I can express, more than my very soul can conceive. I reverence you, I praise you, O sacred Virgin, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God. Bless me and deliver me from all evil. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Seventh Day
Most loving Virgin of Carmel, I acknowledge gratefully your immense goodness towards me; hear my prayer and after this my exile, show unto me the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet, Virgin Mary. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Eighth Day
O Mother of Carmel, when my last hour shall sound; when I shall take your holy Scapular into my trembling hands, fill my heart with confidence in it, and O my loving Mother, receive my soul and offer it to your sweet Jesus. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Ninth Day
O Mary, most holy Mother of Carmel, Virgin of Virgins, Sanctuary of the Blessed Trinity, Mirror of the Angels, Assured Refuge of Sinners! Have compassion on me in my sufferings, listen to my sighs with clemency, intercede for me with your Son. Amen.

Hail Mary … (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

 

 

Source: http://www.lincolndiocese.org/pilgrimages/diocesan-canoe-trip/14-diocese/directories-and-maps/218-novena-to-our-lady-of-mt-carmel

Photos from Pennsylvania

In these photos, the Sisters are seen in their present monastery in Elysburg PA and also during a visit to their property in Fairfield PA, where they are currently establishing a new Monastery.

Bishop Columba’s message

Today, Bishop Columba shared his thoughts on the new Carmel on his Facebook page:

In the 1980’s the Carmel closed its doors in our Diocesan town of Parkes when amalgamating with Dulwich Hill Carmel community. Despite this, after being approached by the Discalced Carmelites in Nebraska and Pennsylvania after Ecclesiastical approval from Rome and by my invitation, the Carmel (Please God) will found its foundations once again here in our Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes. It is an exciting thought to have a powerhouse of prayer in the Diocese once again, providing prayerful consolation for our clergy and Diocese who live in a vast and dry land. These nuns will live a strict life of prayer and solitude and following the Liturgical forms of 1962 (The Extraordinary Form).

But for this they will need your assistance as they will be self funding. Please check out http://carmeljmj.org.au/ for more details on how you can support this wonderful opportunity for the Church in Wilcannia-Forbes but also for all Australia.

Also accompanying the Bishop’s message was a photo of the front page of Sydney’s Catholic Weekly, which includes a story about the new Monastery.

Can you help us?

In order to make this new foundation a reality, we need donations!

We have already established the necessary legal entities here in Australia, in addition to obtaining the appropriate ecclesiastical authority from the Vatican. The next step is to acquire an appropriate place for the sisters to set up.

The Sisters are happy to begin their Monastery in an ordinary house, with a view to constructing a purpose-built monastery in a few years. Their principle requirement initially is a house on acreage so as to have space for privacy and solitude.

There are currently some appropriate properties available for purchase but for this we will require funds of around $850,000

Every dollar counts, so please go to our donation page and make a contribution.

May God reward you for your generosity.