Today marks the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This feast day, in honor of our Blessed Mother, originated in the early 1700’s. It is a day to celebrate the universal church. On this special day, we call on Our Lady to pray for us. We ask for prayers just like when we ask a neighbor to pray for us. Yet, the power of Mary is far greater, as she is the Mother of God.
In honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I found this prayer on catholic.org to share with you:
A Prayer to the Most Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
(State your intention/need)
O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity.
O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein you are my Mother.
O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power.
O, show me herein you are my Mother, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us, who have recourse to thee. (3 times)
Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times)
Consecration to Jesus Through Mary
This feast day is very special to my husband and me every year. This is the date that we re-consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. When a person elects to consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary, it is done via participation in a 33-day retreat, that ends on a Marian feast day. In the act of concentration, we place ourselves in Mary’s loving care. We give her all our prayers and good deeds, for the benefit of those most in need. In return, she brings us closer to Jesus through her Immaculate Heart.
If you would like to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary, you can learn more about the process by clicking here.
As for today, let’s celebrate the universal church by asking Our Lady of Mount Carmel to pray for all of us!
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