marian calendar     april

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:

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

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly