Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  Here are some photos from the Holy Land.

The Madonna and Child in the sanctuary built over the cave where the Prophet Elias (considered the founder of the Carmelites) lived in Haifa.

The Madonna and Child in the sanctuary built over the cave where the Prophet Elias (considered the founder of the Carmelites) lived in Haifa.

A better view of the sanctuary built over Elias' cave.

A better view of the sanctuary built over Elias’ cave.

An inscription in the church from Pope Pius XI.

An inscription in the church from Pope Pius XI.

The inscription says in part: "The Virgin Mary herself, Queen and Mother of the Carmelites, gave the Scapular to her beloved son, St. Simon Stock."

The inscription says in part: “The Virgin Mary herself, Queen and Mother of the Carmelites, gave the Scapular to her beloved son, St. Simon Stock.”

The sanctuary above, the cave of Elias below.

The sanctuary above, the cave of Elias below.

A view from the church in Haifa.

A view from the church in Haifa.

Another view of the sea from the Carmelite church in Haifa.

Another view of the sea from the Carmelite church in Haifa.

Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel

The church atop Mount Carmel

The church atop Mount Carmel

“And Elias the prophet stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch” (Sirach 48:1).

“And Elias the prophet stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch” (Sirach 48:1).

Inscription on the statue of Elias. It reads: “Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the holocaust, and the wood, and the stones” (3 Kgs. 18:38).

Inscription on the statue of Elias. It reads: “Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the holocaust, and the wood, and the stones” (3 Kgs. 18:38).

“Behold, a little cloud arose out of the sea like a man’s foot” (3 Kgs. 18:44).

“Behold, a little cloud arose out of the sea like a man’s foot” (3 Kgs. 18:44).

“With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts” (3 Kgs. 19:10).

“With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts” (3 Kgs. 19:10).

The observation deck on Mount Carmel.

The observation deck on Mount Carmel.

Beyond the highway, you can see the Kishon brook. "Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Let none of them escape!” They were seized, and Elijah had them brought down to the brook Kishon and there he slit their throats” (# Kgs. 18:40).

Beyond the highway, you can see the Kishon brook. “Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Let none of them escape!” They were seized, and Elijah had them brought down to the brook Kishon and there he slit their throats” (# Kgs. 18:40).

The view from Mount Carmel.

The view from Mount Carmel.

You can see the Mount of the Transfiguration from Mount Carmel.

You can see the Mount of the Transfiguration from Mount Carmel.

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