Nine Day Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel | James Pat Guerréro
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is on July 16th. The novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins on July 8th, and the novena prayer can be found at the link below.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel novena has a rich tradition all the way to the prophet Elias (1 Kings 18:44). Some of the first Christians under St. John the Baptist departed Jerusalem after the Pentecost and settled on Mount Carmel to erect a Christian hermitage and church dedicated to Our Lady. Mount Carmel rises 1742 feet and overlooks the modern-day Haifa on the mediterranean, and has limestone rocks that appear as a cliff-like landscape.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the promise by God of the Virgin who would bear a child, the Messiah, who would save the world. Elias, himself, was a virgin, and he promised to live a virginal life that would prefigure the Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.