St. Benedict Crucifix with Our Lady of Carmel, 14-inch

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NEW!St. Benedict Crucifix with Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 14 inch  

 BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF WOOD ON THE CROSS

 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, is the title of the Blessed Mother, patroness of the Carmelite order.   In the 12th century, the first known Carmelites were Christian hermits living in Mount Carmel Holy Land.  The built a chapel dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

 

The Lady of Mt. Carmel is associated with the Brown Scapular, which formed as part of the Carmelite habit.  The Brown Scapular is known to have promises of salvation to those who die wearing it.    It signifies the wearer's consecration to Mary and an association with the Carmelite order.

Prayer to the Most Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel

 O most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me 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 (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands. Amen."

The Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared during the "spinning of the sun" at Fatima and to Simon Stock on different occasions.  

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Does the mountain, Mt. Carmel, really exists?

Yes,  Mt. Carmel  is a prominent set of cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean.  It is located 20 miles from Nazareth.  It lies between Tyre  and Caesaria.   It lies across Palestine in a 15 miles stretch.

Does  “Carmel” mean anything in ancient times? 

In Hebrew, it means a “highly cultivated orchard.”  In Greek, it means the “garden of God.”

Is there any biblical significance to Mt. Carmel? 

Yes.  There are three accounts in Scriptures about Mt. Carmel. 

1. It was a place of gathering for the highly gifted prophets.  Elijah gathered all the prophets to Mt. Carmel.   (1 Kings 18:19-20)

“Now summon all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, as well as the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.” So Ahab summoned all the Israelites and had the prophets gather on Mount Carmel.”

The prophets challenged themselves to know the one true God  by putting an altar and offering.    God answered Elijah when he called out for fire.  Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God.

Today, the same challenge is given to us.  We must unite in battle against the enemy through prayer and sacrifice.   When we are called, we must be prepared to have faith on the one true God.  We must dismantle the false Gods in our lives. The significance of  Mt. Carmel reminds us that Our Lady is willing to help us defeat the devil.

 

2.  (1 Kings 18:42)  A place where Elijah, in humility, prepared to be in union with God.

 “Ahab went up to eat and drink, while Elijah went up to the top of Carmel, crouched down to the  earth, and put his head between his knees.”  

The conflict between Elijah and Ahab culminated in Mt. Carmel.  He was told by the Lord, to “Go forth and stand upon the mount before the Lord” (1 Kings 19:11)  Here our Lord consoled him that he was not alone, not everyone had forsaken the Lord.

 

Today, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel brings us to this special place.  She prepares us to a union with God.   She prepares our soul  by cultivating our interior life, disposing it to receive the Word of God and  receive the graces of the Sacraments.  She teaches us how to grow in love and become simple  and child-like so we can attain full union with God’s will.

 3.        (Song 7:5) A place of  high-esteem, stateliness, fruitfulness and beauty  

"Your head rises upon you like Carmel; your hair is like purple; a king is caught in its locks."

This tells us that just like Mt. Carmel is  a luscious, cultivated garden, so are we preparing our souls for the garden of God.   It is a place for victory against evil, where everyone is stately and beautiful showing the fruits of the sacrifices of our respective mission on earth.   Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, nurtures this garden by drawing us closer to her Immaculate Heart.   Our soul is planted in this garden and Our Lady makes sure that it is filled with the necessary nutrients or supernatural graces.

What does it mean when you received and are enrolled in the Brown Scapular?

If you are baptized, you may receive and be enrolled to  the Scapular of our Lady of Mount Carmel.   It means that you have recognized that you have been called by God in unity with the spiritual family of Carmel, consecrated to the Blessed Mother.  The Scapular of Mt. Carmel is a form of religious habit of the Carmelite Order and a sign of a maternal relationship with Mary, Our Blessed Mother entrusting to her our lives.   In effect, this works like a how an Oblate is to the Benedictine order. 

To gain the promise  of protection from the eternal flames of hell, once must be first enrolled.  Second,  chastity must be observed in their state of life.  Third,  recite 5 decades of the rosary or the Little Office of  the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

There is also a partial indulgence, each time you kiss the scapular.

St. Pope John Paul II disclosed a strong connection between Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  This means that the devotion leads to the consecration to the Blessed Mother and thus, the surrender to allow her to help us in all our needs. 

This also means that as we entrust our lives to her, we become like little children and Mary becomes our spiritual mother.  This becomes a confirmation that Mary will do her best to nurture us so that we can attain salvation by directly pointing us to Jesus.  

The example of Mary helps us understand what it truly means to be at the foot of the cross.   Her fiat and cooperation in Calvary  is a portrayal of her true role in our Christian life – she is the mother of Jesus Christ, and since we consume our Lord Jesus Christ, we share in His Divinity  and Mary becomes our Mother too. 

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