Second Sunday after Easter

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel

Mount Carmel is a 1500' limestone ridge overlooking Haifa and the Mediterranean Sea in northern Israel, sacred as the home of the prophet Elijah and the place of origin of the Carmelite Order of Catholic monks and nuns, which has maintained a presence on the mountain subject to interruption by the repeated conflicts in the region. During the Napoleonic invasion of 1799, the Stella Maris monastery of Carmelite Friars there was badly damaged, and in 1816 Italian brother Giovanni Battista Casini went to oversee its restoration. During a return to Genoa in 1820, he commissioned a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel from sculptor Giovanni Battista Garaventa. The cedarwood image was solemnly crowned at the Vatican in 1823 and remained in Rome until 1835, when it finally reached Mount Carmel. On June 10, 1836, the restored church was blessed, Our Lady's statue enthroned, and regular monastic life resumed at Stella Maris. Garaventa's work was made to be vested in fabric; only the head and hands were finely carved. In 1933, Roman sculptor Emanuele Rieda refashioned the body with carved robes.   

On the second or occasionally the third Sunday after Easter, the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel traverses Haifa from the Roman Catholic parish to the Stella Maris monastery in a solemn procession with the patriarch, bishops, friars and sisters, musicians, scouts, seminarians, and a crowd of people from many faiths.

(Picture of the statue on the altar of the Stella Maris Basilica from Les Carmélites de Terre Sainte, www.carmelholyland.org. Information also from "Devotion to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel," Spiritual Reflections at, TX US, spiritualreflections.catholicweb.com.)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletMadre del Divino Pastor, Capuchin Order (Mother of the Divine Shepherd)
bulletNotre Dame de Pitié, Perros-Guirec, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France. Pardon.
bulletNotre Dame du Saint Voile, Coupiac, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France (Our Lady of the Holy Veil)
bulletNotre-Dame-la-Brune, Mazan, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France (Our Lady the Brown)
bulletNotre-Dame de Bourg, Bourg-en-Bresse, l'Ain, Rhône-Alpes, France
bulletMadonna del Popolo, Cesena, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia Romagna, Italy
bulletSantissima Annunziata, Brolio, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Monte Soratte, Roma, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna della Indulgenze, S. Elia Fiumerapido, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
bulletMadonna di Lassù, Frascineto, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletSenhora do Desterro, Póvoa de Varzim, Porto, Norte, Portugal (Lady of Exile). Procession on floral carpet.
bulletNossa Senhora da Saúde, Almaceda, Castelo Branco, Portugal (Our Lady of Health)
bulletNossa Senhora de Mércoles, Castelo Branco, Castelo Branco, Beira Interior Sul, Centro, Portugal (Our Lady of Wednesday)
bulletNossa Senhora das Cabeças, Toulões, Idanha-a-Nova, Castelo Branco, Beira Interior Sul, Centro, Portugal (Our Lady of the Heads)
bulletNossa Senhora da Piedade-Mãe Soberana, Loulé, Algarve, Portugal (Our Lady of Mercy, Sovereign Mother)
bulletNuestra Señora del Cerro, Acehuche, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta Aug. 15.
bulletNuestra Señora de los Hitos, Alcántara, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta Mar. 25.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Divina Pastora, Eljas, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady the Divine Shepherdess)
bulletNuestra Señora de Bienvenida, Torre de Don Miguel, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Welcome)
bulletNuestra Señora de la Peña, Perales del Puerto, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de Navalonga, Cilleros, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de Antolinez, Guijo de Galisteo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de Valverde, Valdeobispo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora del Puerto, Plasencia, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Door). Fiesta. Romería 1st Sun. after Easter.
bulletNuestra Señora del Salobral, Jaraíz de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería; fiesta Easter Sun.
bulletNuestra Señora de Botós, Puebla del Prior, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain. Romería.
bulletNuestra Señora de Belén, Zafra, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Bethlehem)
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly