Jul 16 - “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel” © retablos art by Br. Arturo Olivas, OFS. Happy Feast Day Our Lady!
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Nuestra Señora del Carmen is one of the many titles or advocations of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Christ. Under this title Mary is patron of the Carmelite Order named after the mount in Palestine where the first chapel dedicated to her was built. According to pious legend she appeared to St. Simon Stock of England in the 13th century and gave him the Carmelite Scapular with promises of special graces and protection to those who wore it faithfully. In sacred art Mary is shown wearing the brown and white habit of the Carmelite Order holding the Christ Child and extending the Carmelite Scapular to souls in Purgatory.
In New Mexico Nuestra Señora del Carmen is appealed to for protection against all dangers, especially hell. She is patroness of souls in purgatory and members of the Carmelite Orders. A small village in northern New Mexico is named after Carmen.
Her feast day is July 16.