16 July- Solemnity of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Our celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel was simple yet solemn.
As in the previous years, we re-introduced to the people the brown scapular, which is not so popular anymore here in Belgium as before. An Orthodox priest, who was present in the Mass, called up later during the day that he found our Eucharistic celebration very beautiful!

We had also a paraliturgy in the choir on the eve of the feast in Her honor and and our Mother prioress' feast. We have agreed to celebrate her feast as prioress every July 16 instead of the Good Shepherd Sunday, which always falls on the same week with our "Troostkermis"".

In the well-decorated recreation room, some gifts were laid on the table. We first sang an opening hymne, Mother shared with us her retreat account and then we ended with a hymne to Our Blessed Mother.

Our Mother looking intently at the gifts of the Sisters.

Below is an excerpt from our DVD recorded presentation for Mother's feast, which was entitled in Flemish: "Karmel in beelden en liederen" (Carmel in images and songs)
This particular song that the Sisters interpreted with actions is our holy Mother St. Teresa's famous prayer, "Let Nothing Disturb You".

Another song was : "My Love" based on the Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross.

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