18 July 2017

The faithful celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel right on Mount Carmel

On July 16, the Church celebrated the memory of Our Lady of Mount Carmel right on Mount Carmel, in the city of Haifa, in northern Israel. The feast was celebrated with devotion and joy!


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Haifa is Israel's third largest city .. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, it is a city of rare beauty.

It is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. Sacred place, quoted in the Sacred Scriptures, especially in the episodes related to Prophet Elijah.

It is believed that its structure is a representation of Mary who, carrying Jesus inside her womb, brought life and fertility to the world.

Carmelite - Stella Maris - Haifa
"She, who centuries later would be the Mother of the Lord, the Mother of God, appeared here, in the sign of the cloud, therefore this place is truly the first sanctuary of Our Lady throughout history. Our Lady appeared eight centuries before her birth in the time of the Prophet Elijah through that cloud that rose from the sea that we have here before us. Then the rain came down to represent Jesus Christ. "

Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate for Israel
"In the Carmelite tradition, the Mount of Carmel, which is the mountain of choice and adherence to the will of God, is also the mount of Our Lady."

Much later, in 1251, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Simone Stock, a prior general of the Carmelite Order, during a difficult time.

Carmelite - Stella Maris - Haifa
"And then he knelt in front of Our Lady and expressed his wish for a sign to confirm her protection over him and the Order. The Virgin Mary then handed him the so-called scapular, a sign of her protection, and added: "

Mount Carmel is therefore the heart of the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was celebrated with a mass by the pastor priest of Nazareth, Father Amjad Sabbara, in the Stella Maris Monastery, built above the cave of the prophet Elias.

In the homily, the priest focused on Elijah's figure, who had faith in God during difficult times and on the fact that we, in the face of adversity, must not be afraid because Jesus gave us Mary as a mother.

Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate for Israel
"Well, today we want to thank Our Lady and ask her to protect all of our families, all our inhabitants, our neighbors, all of our institutions, who need so much peace and reconciliation in the so tormented and, above all, so divided Middle East. Our wish is for the Virgin to unite all her children.”