Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Carmelite Calendar

In festo Omnium Sanctorum Ordinis Beatæ Virginis Mariæ de Monte Carmelo

Today in the Carmelite calendar is the Feast of All Carmelite Saints.

O saints of Carmel, throned above
In Mary's court, obtain this grace
That where you are in glory now
We, too, may find a resting-place.

May martyrs, brave in word and deed,
Confessors, holy pastors pray,
And choirs of virgins intercede
That God may wash our sins away.

O blessed saints of solitude,
And all the heavenly company,
Obtain for us that life in God
Which lasts for all eternity.

-from Iesu, Salvator Sæculi,
today's hymn at Lauds in the Carmelite
Office