Feast day: July 16
Each year a triduum is celebrated on July 14, 15 and 16. The following prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is said:
Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most blessed and immaculate Virgin,
Ornament of Carmel,
you regard with special kindness
those who wear your blessed habit;
look down also on me and cover me
with the mantle of your special protection.
Strengthen my weakness with your power;
enlighten my mind with your wisdom;
increase in me faith, hope and charity;
adorn my soul with such graces and virtues
that I may be pleasing to you and to your Divine Son.
Assist me in life,
console me in death,
and present me to the Most Holy Trinity
as your devoted servant and child,
so that I may eternally bless and praise you in paradise.
The Sacred Scriptures speak of the beauty of Mount Carmel where the Prophet Elijah defended the faith of Israel in the living God. There, at the beginning of the thirteenth century, under the title of “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel”, the Order of Carmelites had its formal beginning.
From the fourteenth century this title, recalling the countless blessings of its patroness, began to be solemnly celebrated, first in England and then gradually throughout the whole Order. It attained its supreme place from the beginning of the seventeenth century when the General Chapter declared it to be the principal feast of the Order, and Paul V recognised it as the feast of the Scapular Confraternity.