By Christina Hermoso
Feast masses will be celebrated today, July 16, in several churches and Marian shrines around the country in commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, marking the 767th anniversary of the widespread devotion to Our Lady’s brown scapular.
At the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in New Manila, Q.C., a high mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m., to be followed by a solemn procession. Masses will also be held at 6 a.m., 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 4 p.m., and at 8 p.m.
At the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Project 6, Quezon City, Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco celebrated a high mass in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel last Sunday, July 14, at 6 p.m.
Last year’s feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel coincided with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of its revered image from Mexico in 1618 as a gift from the Discalced Carmelites Nuns of Acapulco.
Church leaders said, “The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel serves to remind the faithful of the Blessed Mother’s promise of special protection and heavenly graces to all those who wear the brown scapular, a sign of salvation and a safeguard in dangers. The Holy Mother promised that whoever dies wearing the brown scapular will not suffer everlasting fire.”
The Blessed Mother appeared as Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Lourdes, France in1858 and on her last apparition in Fatima, Portugal on Oct. 13, 1917.
Mount Carmel is a holy place in northern Israel that was mentioned about 30 times in the Old Testament. It was the first place dedicated to the Virgin Mary as early as the 12th century.