Acts of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary – Our Lady of Mount Carmel

1. The Virgin Mary is present in a special way, most of all as a model of faithfulness in listening to the Lord and in service to Him and to others. For Secular Carmelites, Mary is a model of obedience and total commitment to God’s Kingdom. She teaches us to listen to God’s Word in Scripture and in life, and to believe in it in every circumstance in order to live its demands. All this she did, without understanding many things, guided solely by faith, pondering all in her heart (Lk 2:19, 50-51) until light dawned through contemplative prayer. She is Mother, Sister and Queen, who goes before us in a pilgrimage of faith and in following the Lord Jesus, keeping us company so that we may imitate her life hidden in Christ and committed to the service of others. The purpose of all our devotion to Mary is always to lead us to Christ. The Secular Order recognizes the value of pondering and praying:

a) The Rosary
b) The Litany of Loreto
c) The Angelus
d) And other such devotions recommended by the Church [cf. Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation, Marialis Cultus, (“For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary”), Feb. 2, 1974].

2. The Secular Carmelite is committed to knowing Mary through the daily practice of devotion exercised through faith and love in her honor [cf. Const. #31].

3. The Secular Order strives to live the Marian spirit, embodied in the latest documentation on the scapular [cf. The Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: Catechesis and Ritual prepared under the direction of the North American Provincials of the Carmelite Order, October 30, 2000].