September 14 – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 13th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

Below is found chapter sixteen of the Rule of St. Albert (of Jerusalem), given to the early founders of the Carmelite order.

[16] You are to fast every day, except Sunday, from the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross until Easter Day, unless bodily sickness or feebleness, or some other good reason, demand a dispensation from the fast; for necessity overrides every law.

Though Secular Discalced Carmelites do not practice this particular chapter of the rule, at the very least we may want to reflect upon the significance of the cross for our lives as Christians, especially as members of the Carmelite order.

Adoramus te, Christe, benedicimus tibi,
quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John (c. 1460)

Rogier van der Weyden, Escorial Palace, Madrid

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September 12 – Memorial of Blessed Mary of Jesus, Virgin

September 11th, 2018 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, 2018 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.

Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart

 Portrait by Anna Bacherini Piattoli (1770)

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August 25 – Optional Memorial of St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, Virgin

August 29th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

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

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Friday, September 7: Communal Day of Fast and Reparation

August 29th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

In light of the current situation in the Church, the OCDS of Sacramento has decided to participate in a communal day of fast and reparation “for the purification of the Church here on earth and for those who have suffered as a result of the sins of our members, be they clergy, religious, or laity.” We will be undertaking this on Friday, September 7, the day before the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady.

All are invited and encouraged to be united with us in prayer and fasting.

 

Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John (c. 1460)

Rogier van der Weyden, Escorial Palace, Madrid

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August 18 – Optional Memorial of Blesseds Jean-Baptiste Duverneil, Michael-Louis Brulard & Jacques Gagnot, Priest Martyrs

August 17th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Optional Memorial of Blesseds Jean-Baptiste Duverneil, Michael-Louis Brulard & Jacques Gagnot, Priest Martyrs courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

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