Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Mary is a model of receptivity to God and of contemplative prayer. She was the first disciple of Jesus. The early hermits on Mount Carmel dedicated their chapel to her and Carmel remains a Marian order.
The following prayer is for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, celebrated on 16 July:
you willed that the Order of Carmel
should be named in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of your Son.
Through her prayers, as we honour her today,
bring us to your holy Mountain, Christ our Lord,
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
The icon shown here is written by a sister at Quidenham Carmel, based on an icon of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Harissa Carmel, Lebanon.