Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Novena: July 7-15
Solemn Feast Day: July 16
Artwork by: Choi Jong-Tae
Member of the Korean National Academy of Arts
Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University
Director of Kim Chong-Yung Museum
Chairman, Steering Committee for the Lee Dong-Hoon Art Awards
Our Dear Friends,
The time of year has come to prepare for the solemn feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Actually, this whole year is a time of celebration for Carmelites because 50 years ago, Saint Teresa of Jesus was declared a Doctor of the Church. How did Saint Teresa, Doctor of the Church, instruct us about devotion to Mary?
Perhaps this quote from the Constitutions of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns will give a brief answer and look at her wisdom.
“Saint Teresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross confirmed and renewed Carmel’s devotion to Mary. In fact, they acknowledged Mary as Mother and Patron of the Order. They present her as a model of prayer and self-denial in faith’s pilgrimage... In Our Lady we contemplate the ideal of the Order lived to perfection. Her example inspires us to follow in her footsteps...”
We invite each of you, dear friends, to join us in honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel and following in her footsteps. We place your novena intentions with love and gratitude in her motherly care.
Your Carmelite Nuns of Covington
O most beautiful flower
of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine,
splendor of heaven, blessed
Mother of Christ, Immaculate
Virgin, we praise and honor you
as our Queen and Mother. Help
us to persevere in constant prayer
for the needs of our world and
share with you in the work of
redemption. Be with us, Holy
Virgin, and guide us on our way,
as we journey together in
faith, hope and love to your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.