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Our Lady of Mount Carmel and All Carmelite Saints

November 14th is the Feast of All Carmelite Saints. It is a day of commemoration of some of the famous Carmelite saints like these Doctors of the Church: St. Therese of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross, and St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila). The day is also to honor all those Carmelites who lived “heroically virtuous lives” and who are certainly with God.

Many churches have Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) as their patroness. There are also many churches with statues and stained-glass windows of the Carmelite saints particularly of the French Carmelite nun, St. Therese of Lisieux. She was called “The Little Flower” and known for her special holiness. St. Pope John Paul II declared her a Doctor of the Church, and called her a “scientist of love”.

Architecture posts

  • Campanile, Façade and Tympanum – Prominent Exterior Parts of a Church

    Some of the most visible components of the front of a church building such as the campanile, the façade and the tympanum play important roles in identifying the building as a place of worship; and in preparing the entrant for worship.

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  • Narthex, Nave and Ambo – Interior Parts of a Church

    A church building contains architectural elements that are common to all buildings; but also contains features making it identifiable as a church. The columns of a church play a key role in “supporting” the verticality of the structure

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  • Architectural Columns

    A church building contains architectural elements that are common to all buildings; but also contains features making it identifiable as a church. The columns of a church play a key role in “supporting” the verticality of the structure

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  • Memorial of the Church of St. Mary Major (and a summer snowfall!)

    August 5th, the Dedication of the Church of St. Mary Major is commemorated each year in part to celebrate the “Miracle of the Snows” when it snowed on the Esquiline Hill in Rome on August 5th, 358.

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Recent posts about mary & Saints

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe at Cemeteries

    Our Lady of Guadalupe at Cemeteries

    The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe graces the gravestones of many of the departed. Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City in December 1531, and said to him, “Am I not your Mother?”

    Read more: Our Lady of Guadalupe at Cemeteries
  • Is Grandma a Saint?

    Is Grandma a Saint?

    The Catholic Church especially remembers the dead in the month of November with All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. There are many officially “canonized” saints, and multitudes of “un-canonized” saints. Read more about the definition of a saint, the process of canonization and the veneration of saints.

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  • Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, “iL Papa Buono”

    Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, “iL Papa Buono”

    Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli became Pope John XXIII on October 28, 1958 and convened the Second Vatican Council in October 1962. Vatican II had profound progressive impacts on the Catholic Church.

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  • Trending Now…The Rosary

    Trending Now…The Rosary

    The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th highlights the traditional prayer summarizing the key events in the life of Jesus, and His mother Mary (Mysteries of the Rosary).  Although, most don’t think of praying the Rosary as a trendy practice, it can be…really!

    Read more: Trending Now…The Rosary