Pushpashrama venerates Patroness of the Order
“Triumph all ye Cherubim, sing with us sweet
Seraphim, Heaven and Earth resound our Hymn,
Salve Salve Salve Regina…!”
A day to be proud of, a day to be remembered,
A day to celebrate, a day to jubilate
A day to pray, a day to say
O dearest mother, guide our way.
The day to which all the Carmelites look forward
to dawned on 16th of July to celebrate the great
solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. But this
joy as to be shared with all be it Carmelites or
not, because Mother Mary is the mother of all.
Therefore the Pushpashrama keeping this in their
minds anticipated the celebration of our Blessed
Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel on Sunday. As the
feast is of the Carmelites, the liturgy was
animated and celebrated by the Carmelites of the
entire order i.e., the priests, brothers, the
secular Carmelites and lest to forget, the
offshoots of the vineyard of Carmel, the other
sister congregations of the Carmelites.
The con-celebrated mass was presided over by Fr.
Oswald Crasta (Provincial Prefect for studies)
who also preached a homily of immense spiritual
depth. He said, “Carmel means gazing the face of
the eternal God, just like Mary who gazed the
face of her son from his birth and especially
during His crucifixion.”
A beautiful choir led by the brothers who
reverberated the song of their hearts throughout
the shrine. The OCDS brought forth wonderful
gifts to the Lord in the offertory procession.
After the mass, blessed Scapulars were
distributed to the people while at the same time
highlighting the importance the message and
protection of Mary through the Scapulars.
Following the exchange of greetings and wishes,
was a short fraternal breakfast with the OCDS
and their families. Indeed the day was a day of
jubilation and a day of remembrance of our
allegiance to our beloved mother.