Prayers to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

(Perpetual Novena, Nine Days Novena and Triduum)

©Lay Carmelites of the Philippines, 2013

©Lay Carmelites of the Philippines, 2013

Perpetual Novena

(Preferably on Wednesdays)

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Special day of devotion to "La Bruna" the original image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Wednesday of each week, with a liturgy, devotions, and the commitment to show Christian love towards those who are in most need. The Wednesday devotion started in Rome at the Carmelite Church of Transpontina in Rome. This is much earlier than the Perpetual Help Wednesday devotion.

OPENING PRAYER

O most holy Mother of Mount Carmel,/ thou who,/  when  asked by  a saint to grant privileges  to a few,/ didst grant an assurance of salvation to the entire world,/ behold us, thy children,/ kneeling at thy feet.

We glory, dearest Mother,/ in wearing thy holy habit,/ that  habit which makes us members of thy family on earth,/ that habit through  which/ by  honoring thee,/ we shall have  thine all-powerful protection in life,/  at death,/ and  even after death.

Look  down  pityingly,  O  Virgin  of  a  Happy  Death,/  on  all  those  now in  their  agony!/  Look  down  graciously,  O Virgin of Wonders,/ on all those in need of succour!/ Look down mercifully, O sweetest of Mothers,/ on all those who have not the security/ of being  numbered amongst  thy children!/ Look  down tenderly, O  Queen  of Purgatory,/ on  the poor souls!

PRAYER OF PETITION

(The prayer used by St. Simon Stock when he received the Scapular from the Queen of Heaven.)

O  beautiful  Flower of Carmel,/  most  fruitful  vine,/  splendour  of  heaven,/  holy  and  singular,/who  brought  forth  the  Son of God,  still  ever remaining  a pure  virgin,/ assist  us  in our  necessity./  O  Star  of the  Sea, help and protect us!/ Show us that thou art our Mother!” (Here pause and privately name your special intentions.)

O Mary, conceived without sin!

Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

Mother, Glory of Carmel! Pray for us.

PRAYER OF SCAPULAR DEVOTEES

O  most  blessed  and  immaculate  Virgin,/  Ornament  and  Splendour  of  Carmel/,  thou  who regardest  with  an  eye  of special  kindness/  those who  wear  thy blessed habit,/  look  down  also  benignly  upon  us/  and cover  us with the  mantle of  thy special protection./  Strengthen  our  weakness with thy  power,/ enlighten  the darkness of our minds with thy wisdom;/ increase in us faith, hope, and charity./ Adorn our souls with such graces and virtues/ as  will  ever  be  pleasing  to  thy  divine  Son  and  to  thee./  Assist  us  in  life,/  and  console  us  in  death,/  with  thy  most amiable  presence,/  and  present  us  to  the  most  august  Trinity/  as  thy  devoted  servants  and  children;/  that  we  may eternally bless and praise thee in paradise. Amen.

May the Holy Scapular which I wear in your honour ever remind me to be devout to You and may it serve me through life as a means of salvation, a shield against sin, and fruitful source of blessings. And in the hour of my death, may it protect me against the assaults of hell and assist me to arrive safely at the everlasting joys of Heaven. Amen.

V/ Queen Beauty of Carmel, pray for us.

R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray

O God who have honored the Order of Carmel with the special title of the Most Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, and your Mother mercifully grant that protected by her patronage we may deserve to arrive at everlasting joys, who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

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Nine Days Novena

OPENING PRAYER FOR EVERYDAY

O Illustrious Queen of Carmel, Virgin Mother of God, I thank you for having been pleased by your Holy Scapular to receive me under your special protection. I promise that I will always be your dutiful child and that I will always honor you and endeavor to imitate you. And I beg you, dear Mother, to be my patroness and protectress amid all the dangers of life and obtain for me the special favor I now implore and the grace of final perseverance.

Day 1

O Lady of Carmel, Holy Mary, who was prefigured in that little cloud which Elias, the great prophet beheld rising from the sea with its copious raindrops signifying the fecundity with which thou gave to the world Jesus, thy beloved son, as the universal balm for our soul; I beseech thee shower upon me abundant graces from His Majesty that my soul may abound in virtue and good works and serving thee perfectly in this life I may merit to enjoy Him in eternity. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 2

O Virgin of Carmel, most Holy Mary, who has favored the Carmelites with thy intimate love and choicest conversation, guiding them with the light of thy precept and example; I implore you take me into your special care; beg of thy Divine Son the light to know His infinite goodness and to love Him, to realize my sins and to atone for them. Grant that I may serve Him perfectly with my deeds and conversations directed to His greater honor and glory and the edification of my neighbor. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 3

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most Holy, thou didst accept the filial offering of the Carmelites who among mortals were the first to erect a temple on Mount Carmel in which they gathered to honor and praise thee fervently. I beg of thee, dear Lady, to make my soul a living temple of the Majesty of God adorned with virtues. May it never be occupied by inordinate temporal and earthly affections so that His Majesty may ever be loved, adored and praised therein. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 4

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most Holy, in order to show thy special love for the Carmelites, thou didst honor them with the special title of thy sons and daughters. Animating them with the fond assurance to find in thee as in their loving mother, the remedy, the consolation, and the succor in all their afflictions and necessities, inspiring them meanwhile to imitate thy most excellent virtues. I implore thee, Our Lady; grant me the grace to be called thy child that my name be inscribed in the Book of Life. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 5

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most holy, who to defend thy children of Carmel when their work was in danger of destruction didst command his Holiness Honorius III to confirm their institution giving him as a sign that this was thy desire as well as thy Divine Son’s; the instantaneous death of two persons who specially opposed such institutions; I implore thee, our Lady, defend me against all enemies of soul and body so that in peace and tranquility I may live always in the holy service of God and thee. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 6

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most Holy, in order to show that the Carmelites are thy privileged children thou didst enrich them with the singular pledge of the sacred scapular endowing with special blessings those who wear it devoutly and who comply faithfully the attached obligations. I implore thee, Our Lady, grant me the grace to imitate more closely thy virtues, live as a true Christian and a faithful devotee of the Holy Scapular and thereby gain the fruits of this beautiful devotion. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 7

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most Holy, thou didst promise to be a shield to those who wear thy sacred scapular, to defend them against all dangers of the world and the snares of the devil demonstrating this truth with numerous and singular miracles. I implore thee our Lady be thou my powerful defender in this mortal life so that in tribulations and dangers I may be secure and in temptations I may emerge victorious ever trusting in thy assistance to obtain the final reward. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 8

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most Holy, who dost manifest thy special assistance at the hour of death to those who wear thy sacred scapular so that through sincere penance they may pass out of this llife in the grace of God and so be freed from the pains of hell. I implore thee, Our Lady, assist me at the hour of death; obtain for me a true and perfect contrition for my sins, an ardent love of God, and a fervent desire to see and possess Him so that my soul may neither perish nor be condemned but may soon enjoy the eternal happiness of heavenly glory. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

Day 9

O Virgin of Carmel, Mary most Holy, who as a compassionate mother of all who wear thy holy scapular dost extend thy love to the Carmelites even after death thou dost comfort their souls in purgatory and with thy prayers dost effect their quick release for them to enjoy sooner the eternal glory of God. I beg of thee, dear Lady, to obtain from the Divine Majesty, the grace that I may be ever faithful in fulfilling my Christian obligations and the particular devotions as a client of the holy scapular of Carmel so that my life may be consumed as a worthy offering to the Divine Majesty. Amen.

Pause for reflection and petition

CLOSING PRAYER FOR EVERYDAY

Holy Virgin of Carmel, I wish that all without thy exception, may seek refuge in the protecting shadow of thy sacred image that all may be united with thee, Mother of mine, by the loving bond of this thy beloved scapular, O Divine Beauty of Carmel. Look down upon us humbly prostrate before thee and graciously concede to us thy loving protection. I commend to thee the needs of our Holy Father, the Pope, those of the Catholic Church, our Mother, those of our country and of the whole world, my own needs and those of my relatives and friends. Have compassion on the miserable sinners, heretics, and schismatics and on the numberless unbelievers groaning in the darkness of paganism. May they all come to thy fold and love thee dearest Mother as I wish to love thee now and for all eternity. Amen.

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY

O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to you, for my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through your hands.  Since you regard with an eye of special kindness those who wear your Scapular, I implore you to strengthen my weakness with your power, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with your wisdom, to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity, that I may render, day by day, my debt of humble homage to you.  May your Scapular keep your eyes of mercy towards me and bring your special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to your Divine Son and to you.  May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to behold you and clothe myself with your virtues.  From henceforth I shall strive to live in the sweet companionship of your spirit, to offer all to Jesus through you, and to make my life the mirror of your humility, charity, patience, meekness and prayerfulness.  O dearest Mother, support me by your never failing love that I, an unworthy sinner, may come one day to exchange your Scapular for the wedding garment of heaven and dwell with you and the Saints of Carmel in the kingdom of your Son.  Amen

Triduum in Preparation for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

OPENING PRAYER

O most holy Mother of Mount Carmel,/ thou who,/  when  asked by  a saint to grant privileges  to a few,/ didst grant an assurance of salvation to the entire world,/ behold us, thy children,/ kneeling at thy feet.

We glory, dearest Mother,/ in wearing thy holy habit,/ that  habit which makes us members of thy family on earth,/ that habit through  which/ by  honoring thee,/ we shall have  thine all-powerful protection in life,/  at death,/ and  even after death.

Look  down  pityingly,  O  Virgin  of  a  Happy  Death,/  on  all  those  now in  their  agony!/  Look  down  graciously,  O Virgin of Wonders,/ on all those in need of succour!/ Look down mercifully, O sweetest of Mothers,/ on all those who have not the security/ of being  numbered amongst  thy children!/ Look  down tenderly, O  Queen  of Purgatory,/ on  the poor souls!

(July 13th) 1. Most glorious Virgin of Carmel who, by means of Your servant Saint Simon Stock, deigned to present to us the holy habit which distinguishes us as Your devotees: grant that we do not make ourselves unworthy of it by staining our hearts with sin, but wear it properly in such wise that our souls may be dressed in Your most beautiful virtues.

Hail Mary...

(July 14th) 2. Most glorious Virgin of Carmel who, in giving us your noble habit, was not satisfied to recognize us as Your servants but desired with tenderness of affection to call us Your children: help us always to serve and obey You as our Queen and always to love You as our dear Mother.

Hail Mary...

(July 15th) 3. Most glorious Virgin of Carmel, who deigned to promise to anyone wearing Your holy habit devoutly, a special protection from the perils of life and, especially, from eternal damnation: make us persevere to the end in devotion to You so that we may be able to obtain from You after our death prompt deliverance from the pains of Purgatory.

Hail Mary...

PRAYER ON THE DAY OF THE FEAST:

O Most Blessed Virgin Immaculate, honor and splendor of Carmel, You, who look with special kindness upon those who wear Your blessed habit, graciously look upon me also; and hide me in the mantle of Your maternal protection.

Strengthen my weakness with Your power; illumine the darkness of my mind with Your wisdom; increase in me faith, hope and charity.

Clothe my soul with such graces and virtues that it may always be pleasing to You and Your divine Son.

Assist me in life, console me at the moment of death with your most amiable presence; and present me before the most Holy Trinity as Your devoted servant and son, so that I may praise You and bless You for all eternity in Paradise. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel from the Raccolta

O blessed Virgin, full of grace, Queen of all Saints, how sweet it is for me to venerate thee under the title of our Lady of Mount Carmel. It takes me back to the days of the prophet Elias, when thou was prefigured on Mount Carmel under the form of the little cloud, from which, as it increased, there fell a kindly rain, symbolic of the sanctifying graces that come to us from thee. Even from the days of the Apostles, thou hast been honored under this mystic title; and today I am filled with joy at the thought that we are united with those first clients of thine, and in union with them we salute thee, saying: O beauty of Carmel, glory of Lebanon, thou purest of lilies, mystic rose in the flowering garden of the Church. Meanwhile, O Virgin of virgins, be mindful of me in my misery, and show thyself my Mother. Shed upon me ever more and more the living light of that faith which made thee blessed; inflame me with that Heavenly love wherewith thou didst love thy dear Son, Jesus Christ. I am filled with miseries both spiritual and temporal. I am straitened by many sorrows in body and soul, and I take refuge, like a child, in the shadow of thy motherly protection. Do thou, Mother of God, who hast such power and might, obtain for me from blessed Jesus, the Heavenly gifts of humility, chastity, and meekness, which were the fairest ornaments of thine Immaculate soul. Do thou grant me to be strong in the midst of the temptations and bitterness, which so often overwhelm my spirit. And when the days of my earthly pilgrimage are accomplished according to God's holy will, grant that my soul may obtain the glory of Paradise, through the merits of Christ and thine intercession. Amen.

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