Kinsale Carmelites offer Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Catholic devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is centred on prayer for protection.

Bishop Fintan Gavin will be at the Carmelite Church in Kinsale this Sunday evening, 26th April, at 7pm for the beginning of a Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

The nine day series of prayers and Masses will be broadcast live on the Carmelite churches newly installed webcam which can be accessed here.

The Carmelite Friars trace their tradition back to Mount Carmel in the Holy Land and they have been part of the town of Kinsale since the thirteenth century.

Many Catholics wear a scapular as a sign of the protection offered by Our Lady. The traditional scapular is made of fabric and work around the neck under one’s clothing.

In its origin as a practical garment, a scapular was a type of work apron, frequently used by monks, consisting of large pieces of cloth front and back joined over the shoulders with strips of cloth.

It forms part of the habit of some religious orders including the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, the Carmelites.

The first Carmelite hermits who lived on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land in the 12th century are thought to have worn a belted tunic and striped mantle typical of pilgrims; when the Carmelites moved to Europe in the mid 13th century and became a mendicant order of friars they adopted a new habit that included a brown belted tunic, brown scapular, a hood called a capuche, and white mantle.