Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the title signifying Mary’s role as Patronness of the Carmelite Order. This feast is also known as the “scapular feast.”

The brown scapular is a sacramental that was given to an early Carmelite named St. Simon Stock, signifying the wearer’s devotion to Mary and granting a special blessing to the wearer.

In honor of this feast,today’s art, music and poetry are all dedicated to Mary, by artists ranging from Yeats to Clapton to Pavarotti.

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Pavarotti & Clapton Holy Mother For War Child 1996

Madonna with Scapular - Sebastian Stetner
Madonna with Scapular – Sebastian Stetner

Mother of God

The threefold terror of love; a fallen flare
Through the hollow of an ear;
Wings beating about the room;
The terror of all terrors that I bore
The Heavens in my womb.

Had I not found content among the shows
Every common woman knows,
Chimney corner, garden walk,
Or rocky cistern where we tread the clothes
And gather all the talk?

What is this flesh I purchased with my pains,
This fallen star my milk sustains,
This love that makes my heart’s blood stop
Or strikes a sudden chill into my bones
And bids my hair stand up?

—W.B. Yeats