July 16 Our Lady of Einsiedeln & Mount Carmel

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July 16

Our Lady of Einsiedeln

Our Lady of Mount Carmel




 We light the Christmas Candles and say or sing:

Light and Peace in Jesus Christ our Lord!

~Thanks be to God!


Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, Alleluia!

~Let it be done to me according to your word, Alleluia!



Star of steady guidance, safe and welcome haven,

with our song we greet you, God’s own Virgin Mother.


Gabriel’s great greeting now our salutation

Changes “Eve” to “Ave” Hail, our Virgin Mother!


Health with peace and pardon Gain for us from Jesus;

Prove your reputation: show yourself our Mother!


Sing with us now glory To the Word and Abba

And the Spirit binding all together as one.  Amen!

Ave Maris Stella, transl. St. Meinrad, 1967




I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem;

therefore the king loved me and brought me into his chambers,  Alleluia!

Psalm 44/45

My heart overflows with a marvelous song,

I must sing my ode to the One I love;

my tongue as skilled as a scribal pen.


You are unrivaled in beauty

and graciousness is poured out upon your lips,

how greatly God has blessed you!


O great Hero, take up your armor;

in splendor and state, ride on for truth,

show justice and goodness for the poor,

wield your power with boldness.


Your power is ready,

evil falls beneath your strength,

those who oppose kindness and truth,

lose heart and fall before you.


Your throne, God assures, will last forever,

Your scepter is a reign of justice,

Integrity is the law of your land.


Because you love justice and hate evil,

God, your God has anointed you

with the oil of gladness above your peers.


Your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh,

your clothes with cinnamon flowers.

From the palace you are welcomed with music,

the sound of strings lifts your heart.


Women of royalty wish to honor you

At your right stands your queen,

dressed with the gold of Ophir.


Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words:

leave your family and home behind.

Your Lover desires your beauty,

you may share the gift of your love.


The people of Tyre come with their gifts,

the whole of the people pay you honor.

For as queen you are clothed with splendor,

your robes embroidered with pearls and gold.


You are led with your sister-companions

escorted with gladness and joy;

you enter the palace of your Love.


Your children will inherit the throne,

and reign with justice throughout the land.

May this song make your name remembered for ever,

May the people praise you from age to age. 


Glory to the ONE and to the WORD

And to the BREATH of Love;

as always before,

so now and evermore. Amen.

I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem;

therefore the king loved me and brought me into his chambers,  Alleluia!

Reading   Song of Songs 1: 4-6

Draw me after you! Let us run!

The king has brought me to his bedchambers.

Let us exult and rejoice in you; let us celebrate your love: it is beyond wine!

Rightly do they love you!


I am black and beautiful,

Daughters of Jerusalem*

Like the tents of Qedar,

like the curtains of Solomon.

Do not stare at me because I am so black,*

because the sun has burned me.

The sons of my mother were angry with me;

they charged me with the care of the vineyards.


Silent Prayer



R. I lift up my eyes to the mountains * from there shall come my help. V. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, prayer for us; *from there shall come my help. V.  O Lady of Einsiedeln, pray for us; * from there shall come my help.  Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.



Gospel Canticle of Mary


Hail, Full of Grace, Adonai is with you

and you are most blessed of all women.

It is customary to make the sign of the cross at the beginning of the Gospel Canticle.

My heart + is radiant with the Lord,

My whole being delights in God my Savior.


All people now will call me blessed

For God has loved this humble handmaid.

The Almighty has shown me great favor

Holy is the NAME,


Whose mercy embraces the faithful,

From one generation to the next.

The mighty arm of God,

Scatters the proud in their own conceit,


Pulls tyrants from their thrones

While lifting up the lowly:

Fills the famished with bounty,

And reveals the emptiness of riches.


Rescues lowly Israel,

Sharing such loving kindness,

As promised to our ancestors

To Abraham and Sarah, and their descendants forever.


Glory to the ONE and to  WORD

And to the BREATH of Love!

As always before,

so now and evermore.  Amen

Hail, Full of Grace, Adonai is with you

and you are most blessed of all women.



Litany of Intercession

Incarnate Word of God and Son of Mary of Nazareth,

~In your compassion, hear our prayer.


Gabriel brought the invitation to Mary;

~ give us her courage to say “Let your will be done.”


She conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit;

~may your Spirit make us bearers of the Word.


You and your parents were refugees from violence and you were immigrants;

~may we welcome those who flee poverty and war.


Simeon and Anna recognized you in the temple and foretold the suffering your love would entail; ~help us to recognize you in others and comfort those whose hearts are pierced with sorrow.


You shared and entrusted your Mother to the Beloved disciple; ~may we include all who suffer loss in our circle of prayer and concern.


Your love for all peoples and regard for diverse cultures is manifest in devotion to your Mother honored with multiple titles; ~hear the prayers of those who invoke Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Our Lady of Einsiedeln on this feast day.


You taught us to pray…


Prayer of Jesus

Our Father …


Closing Prayer & Blessing

Holy One, Source of all light and life, the virgin Mary conceived and bore a Son who is called Wonderful God and Prince of Peace.  May her bold consent  and “Let it be” inspire all of us to say “yes” when you call, and bring the Word to birth each day of our lives.  We ask this and all things in the name of your Incarnate Word, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in the power of love, one God forever and ever.  Amen.


May the  Word Made Flesh of the Virgin Mary + full of grace and truth, bless us and keep us.   Amen.


Let us bless the world with peace.    ~And give thanks to God.



Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon.
Marian Antiphon


Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, Vita dulcedo et Spes nostra, Salve! Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae; ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum vale.  Eia, ergo, Advocata nostra, illos  tuos, misericordes oculos ad nos converte.  Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exilium ostende. O  Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis Virgo: Maria!


The angel of the Lord brought the message to Mary. ~ And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.


Let us pray.  We ask, O Lord, that we who have been privileged to receive the Good News of the Incarnation of Christ, you Son, may be prepared through his passion and cross to approach also the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.  Amen.