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Feast and Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray For Us! The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was first instituted in the late 14th century in commemoration of the approval of the rule of the Carmelite Order a hundred years earlier. According to legend, a religious community was established even before the time of Christ on Mount Carmel. This is the …

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All About the Brown Scapular

What do you know about the Brown Scapular? A scapular is a garment worn by religious over the shoulders  and hanging down in front and back, usually to about the bottom of the habit. The name derives from the shoulder bone, or scapula. Over time the scapular took on symbolic meanings, such as the carrying of the cross of Christ. Among …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena, Day Four

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16.  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are …

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Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Day Three

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16.  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are …

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Novena to Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Day Two

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16.  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are …

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Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16. You can begin the beautiful novena today. O Most Holy Mother of Mount Carmel, when asked by a saint to grant privileges to the family of Carmel, you gave assurance of your Motherly love and help to those faithful to you and to your Son. Behold us, your …

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St. Mary Anthony Zaccaria, devoted to the Eucharist

St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria had a special devotion to the Crucified Christ, also to our Eucharistic Lord. He founded the group called the Clerks Regular of St. Paul (also known as Barnabites), an order dedicated to working for the renewal of the clergy and laity. He was a preacher who worked to reform the Church and died at the age …

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Glorious Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mother of Perpetual Help, you have been blessed and favored by God. You became not only the Mother of the Redeemer but the Mother of the redeemed as well. We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over us and take care of us. As you held the child Jesus in …

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Litany of the Sacred Heart

As we come near the end of the month of June, we have a full week of major Catholic Feasts — except for today. Our Church is also praying and fasting as part of the “Fortnight for Freedom” for Religious Liberty. June is the month of the Sacred Heart, so it seems fitting to take pause today and pray the …

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The Glorious Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Born six months before our Lord, Saint John the Baptist was the son of Zechariah and Elizabeth, our Lady's couin. He was the last and greatest of the prophets. As the forerunner of the Savior, he had the mission of preparing the Jews for the coming of Christ. When Jesus had come, Saint John bore witness to Him before his …

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