November 8 – Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, Virgin

November 7th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, Virgin, courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

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November 7 – Optional Memorial of Blessed Francis of Jesus, Mary Joseph Palau y Quer, Priest

November 7th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Optional Memorial of Blessed Francis of Jesus, Mary Joseph Palau y Quer, Priest, courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

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November 6 – Optional Memorial of Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés, Virgin Tertiary

November 7th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Optional Memorial of Blessed Josepha Naval Girbés, Virgin Tertiary courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

She was a tertiary of the Discalced Carmelite Order, now called a Secular Discalced Carmelite, just like us!

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October 30 – November 7: Novena to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

October 30th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

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St. Elizabeth of the Trinity spent just five years as a Discalced Carmelite nun before her death at age twenty-six. Yet she had discovered and lived her secret of holiness for years before as an active laywoman: dwelling in the perennial presence of the Holy Trinity “in the heaven of our soul.” Pope Saint John Paul II beatified St. Elizabeth in 1984, describing her as “a brilliant witness of love and joy,” and a “prophet of the presence of God.” She was canonized on October 16, 2016, by Pope Francis.

The following novena follows St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s prayer to the Trinity, which she composed after attending an eight-day community retreat on the Mystery of the Incarnation. We invite you to pray along with us during the days of this novena.

Day 1—Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Day 2—Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Day 3—Thursday, November 1, 2018
Day 4—Friday, November 2, 2018
Day 5—Saturday, November 3, 2018
Day 6—Sunday, November 4, 2018
Day 7—Monday, November 5, 2018
Day 8—Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Day 9—Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Day 1
“O my God, Trinity Whom I adore; help me to forget myself entirely that I may be established in You as still and as peaceful as if my soul were already in eternity.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 2
“May nothing trouble my peace or make me leave you, O my Unchanging One, but may each minute carry me further into the depths of Your mystery.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 3
“Give peace to my soul, make it Your heaven, Your beloved dwelling and Your resting place. May I never leave You there alone but be wholly present, my faith wholly vigilant, wholly adoring and wholly surrendered to Your creative action.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 4
“O My beloved Christ, crucified by love, I wish to be a bride for Your Heart; I wish to cover You with glory; I wish to love You… even unto death!”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 5
“I feel my weakness, and I ask You to ‘clothe me with yourself,’ to identify my soul with all the movements of Your Soul, to overwhelm me, to possess me, to substitute Yourself for me that my life may be but a radiance of Your Life. Come into me as Adorer, as Restorer, as Savior.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 6
“Eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life in listening to You, to become wholly teachable that I may learn all from You. Then, through all nights, all voids, all helplessness, I want to gaze on You and always remain in Your great light. O my beloved Star, so fascinate me that I may not withdraw from Your radiance.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 7
“Consuming Fire, Spirit of Love, ‘come upon me,’ and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word: that I may be another humanity for Him in which He can renew His whole Mystery.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 8
“And You, O Father, bend lovingly over Your poor little creature; ‘cover her with Your shadow,’ seeing in her only the ‘Beloved in whom You are well pleased.'”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Day 9
“My Three, my All, my Beatitude, infinite Solitude, Immensity in which I lose myself, I surrender myself to You as Your prey. Bury Yourself in me that I may bury myself in You until I depart to contemplate in Your light the abyss of Your greatness.”

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory be…

V. St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, pray for us.
R. That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God of bountiful mercy, You revealed to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity the mystery of Your secret presence in the hearts of those who love You and You chose her to adore You in spirit and in truth. Through her intercession may we also abide in the love of Christ, that we may merit to be transformed into temples of Your life-giving Spirit to the praise of Your glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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October 15 – Solemnity of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Doctor and Virgin

October 14th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

You may find the Carmelite Proper Offices for the Solemnity of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor, courtesy of the Discalced Carmelites of Canada.

Our Province has also provided us with a complete portion from the Carmelite Proper, if we wish to use it for liturgical prayer.

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A Day of Fast and Abstinence

October 9th, 2018 by Gabriel McAuliffe

For Carmelites of the Teresian Observance, Monday, October 15 is the Solemnity of St. Teresa of Jesus. Note well that since all Sundays are Solemnities, there is no fasting or abstinence on October 14, the day previous.  Therefore, we are encouraged to fast and abstain on any one day prior, through Saturday, October 13, where we honor our Holy Mother’s  place on the Carmelite calendar.  Please read below where this day be anticipated (see below).

From the Provinicial Statutes (rev. December 10, 2016):

Sec. VI:  Days of Fast and Abstinence (cf. Const. #22)

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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