Regina Decor Carmeli
Flower of Carmel,
Tall vine blossom laden;
Splendor of heaven,
Childbearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.
Mother so tender,
Who no man didst know,
On Carmel’s children
Thy favours bestow.
Star of the Sea.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was first celebrated by the Carmelites in the late 14th century.
The feast was assigned to 16 July because, according to tradition, on that date in 1251 Mary gave the scapular to St Simon Stock, a devotional cloth worn by members of the Carmelite order and lay Catholics.
Certain Greek Catholics and Catholic Chaldeans celebrated today’s feast under the title Vestment of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which marks the special protection Mary grants those who wear the scapular.
Eglise Notre Dame du Mont Carmel
A vintage photograph of the interior of the church of the Discalced Carmelite monastery located on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Israel. It is dedicated to Our Lady Star of the Sea.
Religious hermits have lived on Mount Carmel since the 12th century, in imitation of the prophet Elijah. In the 13th century the patriarch of Jerusalem approved their written rule of live, which marked the beginning of the Order of the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, better known as the Carmelites.
Madonna del Carmine
A painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sorrento, Italy.
Purest of lilies,
That flowers among thorns,
Bring help to the true heart,
That in weakness turns,
And trusts in thee.
- Flos Carmelis
The shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Sorrento, Italy.
A statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the Carmelite convent in Guadalajara, Mexico.
A vintage postcard of the altar in the basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii, Italy.
A vintage postcard of the chapel of the Nicopeia Madonna in the basilica of San Marco, Venice.
Virgen del Sufragio
The image of Our Lady of Suffrage venerated in the cathedral of Morella, Spain.
(Source: Flickr / juanobe)