OLMC Feast Day
As Mother Church of Queens and in celebration of our 172nd anniversary, we celebrated four masses to honor our Patroness, Our Lady of Mount Carmel on July 16, 2013. This feast was instituted in the 14th century by the Carmelite Order to commemorate the anniversary of the day in 1251 when our Blessed Mother gave the brown scapular to Saint Simon Stock. The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy 205 states, “The scapular is a sign of the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel and those who entrust themselves to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the importance of spiritual life and the need for prayer.” The Preface for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, “The Blessed Virgin Mary watches unceasingly over the brethren of her Son, and lights us along our pilgrim way to the Mount of your Glory, our beacon of comfort, and the embodiment of all our hopes as members of the Church.” We concluded the day with a multilingual evening Mass. Here are a few pictures from the Italian Mass, courtesy of Nina Carullo. Video posted to YouTube.