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Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel


Flower of Carmel, 

Tall vine blossom laden;

Splendor of heaven,

Childbearing yet maiden.

None equals thee.

 

Mother so tender,

Who no man didst know,

On Carmel's children

Thy favors bestow.

Star of the Sea.
 

These first stanzas of the Flos Carmeli speak to the deep devotion Carmelites have to Mary under the title "Our Lady of Mount Carmel." Apostoli Viae, with its deep Carmelite spirituality, looks to Our Lady of Mount Carmel as Spiritual Mother and patroness.  She is a perfect model of the contemplative life which is wholly ordered to intimacy with God.  In anticipation of her feast day, a high point of the year for our community, let us pray together this powerful novena.  Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

 

Common

Opening Prayer (same each day):

O glorious Queen of Angels. Most pure and ever blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, powerful advocate of all those who wear your holy scapular, faithful protectress of all the servants of your Son Jesus Christ, I, an unworthy sinner, do this day, in the presence of your beloved Son, my Savior, choose you for my Patroness, that, through your intercession, I may receive from Him whatsoever grace may be necessary and profitable for me now, and at the hour of my death. I beg your particular intercession to reveal to me all that hinders my ascent to Him and give me the strength to do all that I can to yield all that I am to Him. I also ask for your special intercession for my fruitful and joyful participation in the charism of Apostoli Viae and for (mention petitions). Amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Let us Pray (according to each day)

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (see previous post)

 

Let us Pray (same each day)

    O Almighty and Eternal God, who did ordain the holy order of Your Immaculate and Ever Blessed Mother with the glorious title of Carmel, grant propitiously that those who celebrate her solemn commemoration may, by the assistance of Your Holy Grace, turn their affections from all disordered adherence to this world, and orient them entirely to worship You, Blessed Trinity. Who lives and reigns One God, world without end. Amen.

Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Colloquy (according to each day)

 

Closing Prayer (same each day)

    Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


First Day 

Opening Prayer (common)

Let us Pray

O most glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, I an unworthy wearer of your holy scapular, confident, however, that the Church does not call you in vain the “Refuge of Sinners,” do beseech you to make me aware of the favors you have conferred upon me, by promoting the welfare of your holy charism, that, being truly contrite for past offenses, I may, by your aid and assistance, break the chains of my slavery, and live henceforward in the happy liberty of the children of God; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, world without end. Amen. 

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Mother of fair love.” Says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you my dear child, serve God faithfully with all of your life, as St. Elias, St. Eliseus. St. Albert, St. Teresa, St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, and an infinite number of my blessed children have done? I assure you, in the sincerity of a Mother, that you will with them enjoy a heavenly beatitude for all eternity; and, the more to encourage you thereto, my dear child, I assure you in the language of Holy Scripture, that ‘neither eye has seen, nor hear heard, nor has it yet entered the heart of man to conceive, what God has prepared for those who faithfully keep His commandments.’”

    

    “Yes, most dear mother, both now and all the days of my life, will I serve God, and honor you, O Sacred Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; and together with all the Angels and celestial Spirits in heaven I will bless and praise you because you have been so admirably chosen from all eternity to be the Mother of our Divine Redeemer.”

    Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer

Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Second Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O Almighty and Eternal God, please impart to us, Your unworthy servants, a small portion of that heavenly grace with which You have been pleased to sanctify Your servant Mary and grant that, through her intercession and protection, we may be shielded against all temptations, and be secure from all our enemies. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reins with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Mother of Divine Grace,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, partake of my greatness as St. Simon Stock did, who took so much pleasure in the inestimable privilege of being called my child, that he would not have left nor exchanged the same for all the pleasures of this life? – wherefore I assisted him by my prayers at the awful moment of his dissolution, and conducted his soul into the regions of Bliss. And I will do the like for you, my dear child if you follow his example; I do assure you that I will assist you at death; although you were on the brink of eternal ruin, yet if you will be converted to my Son, He will draw you from it, and I will defend you against your spiritual enemies.”    

    

    “Yes, most pure Mother. I will always rejoice at those gifts which the Almighty God has bestowed on you and reverence you, O Sacred Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; and together with all the celestial Powers, bless and praise you because you are the true Mother of Christ Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer

Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Third Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    Remember O most pious Virgin, it is unheard of that you have ever forsaken those who have recourse to you. Encouraged with this hope and confidence, my most dear Mother, I, a miserable sinner, cast myself at your sacred feet, humbly begging that you will adopt me as your child forever, and take upon you the care of my eternal salvation: do not, Mother of the Word Incarnate, reject my petition, but graciously hear, and grant it. Amen.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Mother of God,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; “O how happy are you to be called my child. Hearken then to the commandment of your Mother and write it in your heart. Will you frequently participate in confession and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the advice of your spiritual Father? St. Teresa and St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi did communicate almost every day, whereby they have been admirable in all virtues, and have received Manna from Heaven, the true food of the children of God. I do assure you, my dear child, with the sincerity of a loving Mother, that this is the most ready way to become perfect, and the surest means for obtaining Heaven.”    

    

    “Yes my loving Mother, it is my great desire to purify my soul in the Blood of my Redeemer, by confessing my sins, and receiving communion often (especially on Saturdays, on all your feasts, and those of your Blessed Son), with all diligence and devotion. I do reverence you, O ever glorious and Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel, Mother of Divine Grace; and together with the Cherubim, bless and praise you, because you have been so liberally endowed with all sorts of virtues in the most supreme degree of excellence.”    

    Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer 

    Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Fourth Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O most glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; I, your unworthy child, sensible of the favors you enjoy with God, humbly present myself before you and beg that you will intercede and obtain for me true contrition and repentance, an undefiled purity of heart, and a conscience free from sin and all offense against God; direct me, I beg you, in all my actions during life, and in that awful moment when my poor soul departs from my body, conduct it into the presence of your Son, there to sing His praises forever and ever. Amen.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Queen of the Universe,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you my dear child, every day, both morning and evening, make a firm purpose rather to endure any loss or privation whatsoever than to offend God by mortal sin? Will you imitate the example of the blessed Saints who have gone before you? If you will, I assure you that at the awful hour of death, when forsaken by all your friends, I will conduct your soul into the Mansion of Glory.”

    

    “Yes most Blessed Virgin, I do now firmly purpose, by the grace of your Son, rather to die a thousand deaths than once to offend my God by mortal sin. And I do reverence you, O most glorious Virgin of Mt. Carmel; and with the Seraphim, bless and praise you, whom I love with my whole heart and soul.”

    Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer 

Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Fifth Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O most glorious Virgin Mother who by the favor of your Divine Son, has so great power in heaven and on earth. Enlighten my blindness and strengthen my resolution. The zeal you have in promoting the welfare of your sacred charism, and the part you take in seeing the grace of our Redeemer abound in us, give me a right to your interest in this my request; and, when that awful hour of death approaches, be to me, I beg you, a tender Mother, and by your prayers dispose your Son Jesus Christ favorably in my regard. Amen.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the patroness of my children,” says the glorious Virgin Mother of Mt. Carmel. “Give me your heart, my dear child, and if it be as hard as stone, I will, by my intercession, make it as soft as wax; and if it be found loathsome, I will render it more clear and beautiful than crystal; give me your heart, my child, and tell me with the sincerity of a true child, how much you love me.”    

    

    “O my dear Mother; I love you more than words can express, more than my very soul can conceive; I reverence you, O Sacred Virgin of Mt. Carmel. I praise and magnify you, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God.”

    Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer 

Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Sixth Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O most glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; I offer unto thee, this day, all my thoughts, words and actions; I am weak and infirm, dejected and cast down at every tribulation, and terrified at the dismal prospect a review of my own interior life gives me. All is misery, a continual propensity to vice, and repugnance to virtue. O Mother of Mercy and refuge of sinners; you will not reject a contrite and humble heart. Intercede for me, I beseech you, that I may so live in this sinful world, that at the hour of death I may be worthy and be admitted into the Regions of Bliss. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who, with the Father and the Son, lives and reigns, One God, world without end. Amen.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the mirror of purity,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, daily examine your conscience, and never go to sleep in mortal sin? It is the way to live in tranquility and joy of spirit, having always your soul ready in thy hand to render it up pure to Him Who was created to His own image, and redeemed it with His own most Precious Blood. I assure you in the sincerity of a loving Mother that it is better to suffer all the punishments that could be inflicted in this life than to sleep one night in mortal sin.”    

    

    “Yes, my most dear Mother, I will think of my sins with bitterness of soul, and examine my conscience every night before I go to rest. I reverence you, O most Pure Virgin of Mt. Carmel; and together with all the Blessed in Heaven I do praise you, because by your powerful intercession, we poor sinners can obtain of your Son Jesus all we ask for.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer

    Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Seventh Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O most holy Mary of Mt. Carmel; pray for me, I beseech you, that, through the merits of your Son, I may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body, and that I may serve Him faithfully in this life, and hereafter see, love, and enjoy Him in the Kingdom of His glory, Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, One God, world without end. Amen.

    

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Protectress of all those who place their confidence in me,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, do something this day in my honor? For you must know that I leave nothing, though of ever so little value, unrecompensed, which is done in my name; and I assure you in the sincerity of a mother that at the hour of death, being abandoned by all your friends, you will obtain my assistance and favor.”    

 

 “Yes my dear Mother, both today and all the days of my life, I will pray to you and reverence you, O most Holy virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; and with the Celestial Court bless you, because you have ever been exempt and free from all sin, and always rapt in heavenly contemplation.”

Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer 

    Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Eighth Day 

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O most glorious and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel; faithful Protectress of all those who wear your holy Scapular, behold your poor servant, humbly prostrate at your feet, deploring my misery and imploring your prayers, and beseeching you to protect me through the stormy ocean of this tempestuous world; hear my prayers then, O refuge of sinners, and after this our exile show unto us the Blessed Fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet Virgin Mary.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Help of Christians,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. “Will you, my dear child, obey all the Precepts of the Holy Catholic Church, and call upon me in your necessities? If you will do so, I will assist you, my dear child, and assure you, with a heart truly maternal, that I will plead for you in time of danger, and will avert from you all the anger and indignation of my Divine Son.”

        

    “Yes, my dear Mother, I will always obey the Commandments of God, and of His Church; and although I were as disloyal as Judas, yet, if you be pleased to intercede for me, and assist me by your prayers, I shall never despair. And I reverence you, O Sacred Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. Together with all the Angels and Saints, I bless and praise you, because you have been found worthy to be the most faithful and humble handmaid of the Most Beloved Trinity.”

    Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer 

Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Ninth Day

 

Opening Prayer (common)

 

Let us Pray

    O Blessed Finder of Grace, Mother of Life, Mother of Salvation; may we through you have access to your Son; and that He, who was given us through you, may receive us through you; may your integrity and innocence excuse before Him the stain of our corruption: may your abundant charity cover the multitude of our sins, and your glorious fruitfulness supply our want of merits. Our Mother, our Mediatrix, our Advocate; reconcile us to your Son, by the grace with which you are honored, obtain that He, Who through you put on our weakness, may, through you, make us partakers in His bliss and glory. Amen.

 

Litany of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

 

Let us Pray (common)

 

Colloquy

    “I am the Queen of Virgins,” says the glorious Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel. Will you, my beloved child, live as an Angel clad in the flesh, as many of my devoted children did, who chose to lose their lives rather than lose the purity of body and soul? I will love you, as I have loved them, and pray for you, as I have prayed for them; and, I assure you, with a heart truly maternal, that when you depart this life, you shall enjoy that glory which ‘neither eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered the heart of man to conceive.’”

    

    “Yes, my most dear Mother; I desire to be pure all my life, as well in body as in soul. I beseech you, O All-Merciful Virgin, to assist me by your prayers, that through the merits of your Divine Son Jesus I may obtain the grace so to live as to be always prepared to die. I do here prostrate before you, O most Sacred Virgin Mother. I bless and praise your name, because you have given the example of purity and sanctity to so many pious souls that have already followed and hereafter will follow you in so glorious a vocation.”

    Hail Mary… Glory be…

 

Closing Prayer 

Grant we beseech You, O Lord, that we Your servants may enjoy health of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and enjoy eternal bliss with You. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Prayers to be Recited at the Conclusion of the Novena on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel:

 

Prayer at the Mass and Office

O God, who has deigned to honor the Order of Carmel with the glorious title of Your Virgin Mother, grant the grace of her protection to all who celebrate this Solemn Commemoration, so that, through her, we may attain eternal happiness. Amen.

    O Glorious Virgin Mary; Queen of Carmel and Apostoli Viae, Mother of God and of poor sinners; special Protectress of all those who wear your holy Scapular, I supplicate you, by the glory that has been accorded you by the Incarnate Word in choosing you for His Mother, to obtain for me the pardon of my sins, amendment of my life, salvation of my soul, consolation in my pains, and in particular the grace I ask in this Novena, provided it be conformable to the will of your Divine Son. Amen.

Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel and Apostoli Viae, 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 payer, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with your wisdom, to increase my 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 turned towards me and bring me your special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to your Divine Son. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to behold you and clothe myself will all your virtues. From henceforth I will strive to live in the sweet companionship of the Holy Spirit, to offer all to Jesus, and make my life the mirror of your humility, charity, patience, meekness, and prayerfulness.

    Amen.

 

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  • joe mariconda

    joe mariconda

    thank you for sharing this!
  • Jeanne Knotts

    Jeanne Knotts

    I just finished this novena. It’s the most beautiful and powerful novena I’ve ever done. May my life be changed forever. Thank you for sharing with me.
  • Lady Carmel Cole

    Lady Carmel Cole

    I used this novena. Thank you!

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