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Littleton, Colorado New Polyphonic Mass for Our Lady of Mount Carmel with master compositions in Greek and Latin
The 125th Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and week long Veneration and activities continues through Sunday – At OLMC Newark, NJ – Iron Bound Section with outdoor food -Masses each day and Sunday July 20th Procession following the 12:00pm Mass – Courtesy of Msgr. Ambrosio
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In the Extraordinary Form according to the Missal of John XXIII a High Mass for Our Lady of Mount Carmel was offered at midnight of the 16th of July on 116th Street OLMC just off Exit 16 on the FDR Drive – One of the oldest in NYC
The Holy Mass culminated a series of beautiful worship in Traditional sung Vespers that began at 7:30pm – Marian Hymns and street Procession with amplified Novena and Rosary prayers followed in the march towards Holy Mass
Also offered at Holy Innocents NYC yesterday at 6:00pm in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite was a High Mass for Our Lady of Mount Carmel
A two hour long Outdoor Procession Commenced at 4:00pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Jersey City, NJ
The nuns of Our Lady carried the Blessed Icon (Statue) the last block to the Sanctuary as Church Tower bells and pyro-tech bombs went off accompanied by the band’s rendition of the Ave Maria (Some photographs follow the “About section”)
It was followed by a Missa Cantata Mass offered by Father John Perricone at Saint Anthony of Padua Jersey City (July 16th at 7:00pm)
Photo of the High Altar just prior to the start of Holy Mass
Commemoration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
“So Ahab sent to all the people of Israel, and gathered the prophets together at Mount Carmel. And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him;…’” 1st Kings
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. Mount Carmel is a mountain range along the northern coast of Israel. It’s here that God publicly answered the prophet Elijah’s prayer, consumed the offering, and confirmed He was a living God. Centuries later, in the 12th century after Christ, a group of hermits gathered on the mountain and committed their lives to prayer and penance, forming the Carmelite Order. The Carmelite Order encouraged devotion to the Blessed Mother as a model of ‘complete fidelity to the Lord.’
In mainstream Jewish and Christian thought, Elijah is indelibly associated with the mountain, and he is regarded as having sometimes resided in a grotto on the mountain. Indeed, one name for Mount Carmel is جبل مار إلياس (Jabal Mar Elyas; Mount Saint Elias). In the Books of Kings, Elijah challenges 450 prophets of the pagan god Baal to a contest at the altar on Mount Carmel to determine whose deity was genuinely in control of the Kingdom of Israel; since the narrative is set during the rule of Ahab and his association with the Phoenicians, biblical scholars suspect that the Baal in question was probably Melqart.
According to the Bible in 1 Kings 18, the challenge was to see which deity could light a sacrifice by fire. After the prophets of Baal had failed to achieve this, Elijah had water poured on his sacrifice to saturate the altar and then he prayed; fire fell and consumed the sacrifice, wood, stones, soil, and water which prompted the Israelite witnesses to proclaim, “The LORD, He is God! The LORD, He is God!”. In the account, Elijah announced the end to a long drought; clouds gathered, the sky turned black, and it rained heavily. To this day a statue of Elijah in the crypt of the monastery on Mount Carmel is still extant. The crypt was originally the Cave of Elijah In ancient Canaanite culture, high places were frequently considered to be sacred, and Mount Carmel is where the Queen of the Valley of the Lilies would reveal the true God in her Son. A God that is greater and more powerful than all other pagan gods and deities.
Recorded in the Book of Kings, there was an altar to God on the mountain, which had fallen into ruin by the time of Ahab, but Elijah built a new one. Iamblichus describes Pythagoras visiting the mountain on account of its reputation for sacredness, stating that it was the most holy of all mountains, and access was forbidden to many, while Tacitus states that there was an oracle situated there, which Vespasian visited for a consultation; Tacitus states that there was an altar there, but without any image upon it, and without a temple around it. It was there the Ancient of Ancients took root among an alien people.
A Catholic religious order was founded on Mount Carmel in the 12th century, named the Carmelites, in reference to this mountain range. The Order was founded at the site had been the location of Elijah’s cave, 1,700 feet (520 m) above sea level at the northwestern end of the mountain range; this, perhaps not coincidentally, is also the highest natural point of the mountain range. Jewish hermits had lived at the site from the time of Elijah until the Carmelites were founded there; prefixed to the Carmelite Constitution of 1281 is the Sacred Tradition continuance from the time when Elijah and Elisha had dwelt devoutly on Mount Carmel, priests and prophets, Jewish and Christian, had lived “praiseworthy lives in holy penitence” adjacent to the site of the “fountain of Elisha” in an uninterrupted succession.
From Beginning to End with the Tower of David and Ivory
Nuns Carry Our Lady Home
Maria ………..Maria………O’ Maria ………………
Laudetur Jesu Christus Et Maria Immaculata