“Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a special call to the interior life, which is preeminently a Marian life. Our Lady wants us to resemble her not only in our outward appearance but, far more, in heart and spirit. If we gaze into Mary’s soul, we shall see that grace in her has flowered into a spiritual life of incalcuable wealth: a life of recollection, prayer, uninterrupted oblation to God, continual contact, and intimate union with him. Mary’s soul is a sanctuary reserved for God alone, where no human creature has ever left its trace, where love and zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of humankind reign supreme. […] Those who want to live their devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel to the full must follow Mary into the depths of her interior life. Carmel is the symbol of the contemplative life, the life wholly dedicated to the quest for God, wholly orientated towards intimacy with God; and the one who has best realized this highest of ideals is Our Lady herself, ‘Queen and Beauty of Carmel’.”
Prayers To Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Oh most beautiful flower of Mount 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 you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (say three times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (say three times). Amen.”
Prayer of Thanksgiving to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel, incomparable mother of all your children, blessed are you because our afflictions were not hidden from you and we are able joyfully to proclaim your help and mercy. We wish to thank you for the benefits we have received from you and we are delighted to try to express this to you. But far beyond what words are able to do, you can read the gratitude in the depth of our hearts. We ask that your watchful intercession assist us during the rest of our lives. May you guide us that we persevere in faithfulness to the Lord and in our love for you, so that we can be united with you in eternal thanksgiving to Jesus, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.