Monday, June 28, 2010

Traditional Latin Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

On June 16th, Father Gerald P. Carey will be the celebrant for the Traditional Latin Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. This will take place at 7:30pm at the Carmelite Monastery at Old York Road and 66th Avenue. Last year, the little chapel was crammed with the faithful to the extent that many were forced to stand outside. So if you want a seat inside, be sure to get there early. It is advised that you arrive by 6pm.

At 6:30 pm the Rosary will be recited, followed by the Litany of Our Lady of Loreto, a concert of sacred music, and finally the Mass at 7:30pm. If you are unable to get to the Mass, you have another opportunity to visit the Monastery that day by coming to Solemn Vespers with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament at 4pm.

A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who visit a Carmel on the vigil of this feast up until 12 midnight, with the usual conditions of Mass, confession, and prayers for the Holy Father attached. The Monastery bookshop will be open after Vespers and again after the Mass and all proceeds support the Carmelite nuns.

The Novena to our Lady of Mt. Carmel begins at the Monastery on July 9th. I do not know who the celebrant is at this time but will post once I find out. The Vespers and Mass schedule are the same as I've posted above. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Monastery on 66th Avenue. Street parking is also available.

One word of caution for the frail or physically impaired. Due to the austere lifestyle of the nuns, the chapel is not air conditioned and this feast day always seems to fall on one of summer's most stifling days. The kneelers are wooden and unpadded and the pews are short and upright. There are benches in the rear of the chapel and on either side of the aisles as well as folding chairs at the end of each row of pews. These may be a better seating option for those unable to kneel or sit for long periods of time. The first time I visited this Monastery, I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. That was until I had to kneel on the floor and I understood very well why I would never have made it as a Carmelite nun! But, penance is good for the soul and good for the souls in Purgatory for whom we can offer it, so if you're physically able, please be sure to get to Vespers and/or Mass at this beautiful chapel, the Holy Spirit Chapel, at least once.

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