Friday, September 30 – A Day of Fast and Abstinence

September 25th, 2016 by Gabriel McAuliffe

For Carmelites of the Teresian Observance, Saturday, October 1 is the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. On Friday, September 30, we honor her place on the Carmelite calendar with a day of fast and abstinence.

From the Provinicial Statutes (rev. July 2, 2011):

1. Fast and abstinence:

a) In addition to the days of fasting and abstinence proper to the Church in the United States and in response to the encouragement of our Bishops “to prepare for each Church festival by a day of particular self-denial, penitential prayer and fasting” and to our Carmelite traditions, our members, unless excused by reason of illness or age, will fast on the vigils of the following feast days:

1. Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16)

2. Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19)

3. Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus (October 15)

4. Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross (December 14)

5. The Prophet Elijah (July 20)

6. St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (October 1)

7. All the Saints of the Order (November 14)

b) For sufficient reason, the above special fast days may be anticipated. Anticipation should never involve fasting on Sundays or Holy Days [cf. Canon Law 1249-1253].

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September 22 – 30: Novena to St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

September 19th, 2016 by Gabriel McAuliffe

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Alhambra, California have provided a novena prayer to St. Thérèse on their website.

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September 17 – Feast of Saint Albert, Patriarch and Lawgiver of Carmel

September 16th, 2016 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Feast of Saint Albert, Patriarch and Lawgiver of Carmel courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

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September 12 – Memorial of Blessed Mary of Jesus, Virgin

September 11th, 2016 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Memorial of Blessed Mary of Jesus, Virgin courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

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September 1 – Memorial of Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart, Virgin

August 31st, 2016 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Memorial of Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart, Virgin courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

You may find more about St. Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart from the Carmelite Sisters of Ireland.

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August 26 – Optional Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus’ Transverberation

August 26th, 2016 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Optional Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus’ Transverberation courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

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