This is a time for a person to begin discerning if he or she is called to be a Lay Carmelite. [45], 28. It also reminds us that Marian devotion, more than a collection of pious practices, is a real habit, that is, a permanent orientation of Christian conduct.’[76], 41. Hence the pursuit of the ideal of directing scientific and technological discoveries to the improvement of human life in both material and spiritual terms. As past experience shows, their participation can in fact bring fruitful insights to some aspects of the charism, renewing its interpretation and giving rise to new apostolic movements, through ‘the invaluable contribution of their “being in the world” and their specific service.’[23], 17. In this way, the Tertiary is consecrated more deeply to God and is able to offer more intensive worship. They look for every possibility and occasion to reach divine intimacy. It was to him that Pope Nicholas V addressed the famous bull "Cum Nulla" in 1451, thus putting the official seal of approval on lay people being members of the Order, living our spirituality in their own situation. 2, 3, [42] See Acts, 2:17-18; 9:10; Christifideles laici, n. 14, [46] Joseph Chalmers, Into the Land of Carmel, letter to the Carmelite Family, n. 40, [48] See Apostolicam actuositatem, n. 7; Gaudium et spes, n. 30, [49] See Carmelite Constitutions (1995), n. 28 on the sharing of lay people in the charism and in the mission of the religious. The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of lay persons. It communicates to them the richness of the Carmelite spirituality and tradition, and enables them to share in all the spiritual benefits and good works carried out by all members of the Carmelite family. This has enabled lay people to incarnate the Carmelite charism in a concrete way and to live out its spirituality in a way proper to them. [10], 4. Lay Carmelites commit themselves to co-operating with other members of the Carmelite family and with the whole Church so that it may realise its calling to be missionary in every circumstance and situation.[79]. [74] Those who wear the Scapular, are called to be interiorly clothed with Christ and to show in their lives his saving presence for the Church and for humanity. In particular, it includes the contributions to individual members and from benefactors, as well as income from activities, gifts, legacies and bequests by any right. The Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel has its origins at the end of the 12th century and beginning of the 13th century in a group of men who were attracted by the evangelical call of the Holy Places. By their profession, Tertiaries take on the responsibility of living the Gospel radically according to their state in life. This person can carry out all acts of ordinary administration. They are to help particularly the i… c) It is recommended that every year, on the occasion of the Solemn Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, that members of the Third Order renew their profession either communally or individually. 47. Mary is the Mother and Sister of all Carmelites, those consecrated in the religious life and those who live out their vocation as lay people. Their greatest dignity consists in enjoying the divine life and love of God which is poured into their hearts by the Spirit. One such order is the Carmelites. Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites Office: (313) 881-2784 Office: (586) 752-7606 Office: (586) 772-0217 These three Carmelite communites live a comtemplative ‘way of life’, and members are instructed in the teachings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila at monthly meetings. 303. Lay Carmelites discover that they are brothers and sisters, called to share a common path towards the fullness of holiness and to bring to all the news that we are children of the one God, brothers and sisters in Jesus. There is evidence of the existence of a "Confrairie N.-D. du Mont-Carmel" at Toulouse in 1273, and of a "Compagnia di Santa Maria del Carmino" at Bologna in 1280, but the exact nature of these bodies is uncertain owing to a lack of documents. 15. All this is to be done under the guidance of the one in charge of formation. The date of the promulgation (16 July) and the date of the coming into effect (8 December) were chosen in order to underline the position of Our Blessed Lady in the Carmelite's life. This commitment is made explicit in some form of promise, or otherwise in keeping with our ancient custom, by the profession of vows of obedience and chastity according to the obligations of one’s state. There should be no conflict between temporal well-being and the realisation of God’s kingdom, given that the natural and the spiritual orders both come from God. About the same time, confraternities sprang up and asked to enjoy the privileges of the Scapular. It was first approved by the Holy See in January of 1226 by Pope Honorius II . In time, the groups which were better organized gathered together into a well-structured institution with specific obligations: this became known as the Carmelite Third Order, true school of holiness and of ecclesial commitment, with a Rule of its own. [17] The lay people themselves are to elect their own leaders, assisted spiritually by a priest, who may or may not be a Carmelite, or by a Carmelite brother or a sister. 9. Elijah was sustained by his certainty that God was stronger than any crisis or any danger. The Carmelite order was split into two: the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance (O. 5-6. Profession is to be made following the proper ritual of the Third Order. [106] They are to ensure that in their activities the members of the Third Order remain faithful to the Order’s principles and directives. Saint Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi reminds us that one cannot quench one’s thirst for contemplating Christ without making progress in satisfying his thirst for souls who are to be redeemed through a union of prayer and apostolate.[85]. to the website of the Carmelite Third Order (Secular) in the British Province. 33. They are free to make their profession with vows, or without vows by simply undertaking to live out this Rule. 68. In a life of penance and prayer, they consecrated themselves to the one who had shed his blood[12]. The Carmelite Third Order (Secular) Further information The Third Order has produced two publicity leaflets giving a basic introduction to Lay C armel, as well as a more detailed information booklet for those en quiring about the Third Order. [16] This is the so-called altius moderamen or ‘overall direction‘ that the Code of Canon Law refers to in canon 303. These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. [25] The Tertiaries’ ascent begins with their act of faith which impels them to accept Jesus and the Easter event as the meaning of their existence. [42], 27. Like Mary, first among the humble and the poor of the Lord, lay Carmelites discover that they are called to sing of the wonders that the Lord has performed in their lives. The members of the Council, except the Chaplain, are elected by the General Assembly of the community for a three year period. For orders and further information please contact: Edizioni Carmelitane. The time between the promulgation and the coming into effect (vacatio legis) is to provide an opportunity for studying the Rule and for adapting local statutes before it becomes obligatory. ‘Prayer is life, it is not an oasis in the desert of life’, claimed Blessed Titus Brandsma. WHO WE ARE. The relevant statutes will lay down the competence and procedures of the Assembly. [75] See John Paul II, Letter to the Carmelite Order, The providential event..., n. 5, [77] See Constitutions 1995, n. 86; Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation, Marialis cultus, 45; John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 5, 10, [78] Joseph Chalmers, Letter to the Carmelite Family, Into the Land of Carmel, n. 47. Secular Carmelites come from all … The Council, for its part, appoints the Secretary, the Treasurer and other office holders according to the needs and the size of the community. Human nature, weak and limited in its poverty, lets itself be guided by divine action and embraces a deepening life of conversion. The Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is an association of lay people who, in response to a call from God promise to live the Gospel in the spirit of the Carmelite Order and under its guidance. These translations will be posted on the Order's web site as soon as possible so that as many lay Carmelites as possible will come to known the Third Order Rule as a source of inspiration for their life in Carmel. They receive from the Order direction and encouragement to promote, to stimulate and to favour the achievement of the aims of the Third Order. They requested and received a ‘Form of Life’ from Albert, Patriarch of Jerusalem, (1206-14) which made them into a single community of hermits gathered around a chapel dedicated to Mary. The fundamental bond between the Tertiary and Carmel is profession. I have created this blog for sedevacantists interested in becoming Third Order Carmelites. ‘Lay Carmelites can create community in various ways: in their own families, where the domestic church is to be found; in their local parish, where they worship God with their fellow parishioners and take a full part in the community activities; in their lay Carmelite community in which they find support for the spiritual journey; in their workplace and where they live.’[78], 43. The desert experience which was so determining in the life of the Prophet, becomes an obligatory phase for lay Carmelites who are called to be purified in the desert of life in order to meet the Lord authentically. Members may also be dismissed for a just cause, that is, for reasons set out in common law or for the repeated and unjustified failure to meet obligations. In this way, they share in a way proper to lay people the charism of the Order. 89. 37. Through baptism, lay Carmelites are sharers in the mission of Christ which they continue in the Church, becoming as it were ‘another humanity’[33] for him which is transformed into ‘praise of his glory.’[34] Lay people are recognised as having ‘their own absolutely necessary participation in this mission.’’[35]. [48], 30. 76. The vows are an ever greater demand not to serve false idols, but to attain that freedom of loving God and neighbour which is above all forms of egoism. I have a devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of Missions who was a discalced Carmelite. ‘In Carmel, humanity, taken up as it is with so many concerns, needs to be reminded that absolute priority must be given to the search “for the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Mt 6:33).’[54] So in the family, in the workplace, in the professions, in social or Church responsibilities, in the deeds of everyday life and in relationships with others, lay Carmelites look for hidden signs of God. The first juridical, ecclesiastical approval came with the bull ‘Cum nulla’ issued by Pope Nicholas V on 7 October 1452. As a result, they share the same charism with the religious, each according to their particular way of life. The bull ‘Cum nulla’ recognized the existence of distinct groups with solemn or simple vows. In this way Carmelite Tertiaries become fully members of the Carmelite family. I wrote in the letter, "Into the Land of Carmel" to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the papal bull 'Cum Nulla': 'The Rule of St. Albert is the charismatic document that stands at the beginning of all forms of Carmelite life. [51], 31. 59. The elections of members of the Council are presided over by the Chaplain and they are to be conducted in accordance with the statutes, respecting the norms of the common law of the Church.[112]. 58. 2. Introduction to the Rule for the Third Order of Carmel While all Carmelites look to the Rule of Saint Albert as their foundation document, there is a separate document called the Rule for the Third Order of Carmel (RTOC). The General Curia will take responsibility for the translations into the other two official languages of the Order, namely English and Spanish, as well as Portuguese and French. Lay Carmelites are called to a deep sharing in the sacraments. outlined a standard of living that is the basic guide for all Carmelites. 45. Holiness lies in the fulfilment of this double command to love. Third Order Lay Carmelites are … [128] Let them strive, with the help of the saints, to understand all the dimensions of the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge,[129] hurrying with a fervent and true desire to reach that place that the Lord as he was leaving this earth, promised to prepare for us. [4] God has made known to us his will for communion, calling men and women to share in his life. [132], [2] See John Paul II, Letter to the Carmelite Order (2001), I Learnt with Joy..., n. 1 in Analecta Ordinis Carmelitarum, [3] See Joseph Chalmers, Into the Land of Carmel: Letter to the Carmelite Family on the occasion of the 550th anniversary of the Bull Cum nulla, AOC 53 (2002) 65-68, nn. 44. CONTACT US. In the case of suppression or disappearance of a Third Order community, the goods and rights of patrimony, and in the same measure, the obligations of the suppressed or former community, pass to the next highest juridical person, or if there is not such, to the Prior Provincial of the Order in whose jurisdiction the community was located. [87] They strive to create opportunities for proclaiming Christ, offering again that ever new message that he is the Lord of life, and of history, that he is a sure point of reference for all. 14. The Order undertakes to help lay Carmelites to reach the objective they have set themselves: to heal and to develop human society with the leaven of the Gospel. Lay Carmelites (Third Order) Lay Carmelites (historically known as the Third Order) are lay people who, in response to a special call from God, freely and deliberately promise to live the evangelical life in the spirit of the Carmelite Order and under its direction. This would be equivalent to being a postulant in a religious order. [71] Indeed, according to Christ’s teaching,[72] reiterated by the Apostle Paul,[73] Christians are to pray unceasingly. Join us and become a Third Order Carmelite. Those who meet the following conditions may be members of the Third Order: those who profess the Catholic faith, live in communion with the Church, have good moral conduct,[122] accept this Rule and who desire to live and act in the spirit of Carmel. Jesus’ life mission and purpose is to reveal the Kingdom of God which pertains to matters of the heart as found in his teaching on love and advanced in the Beatitudes. The uniqueness of this profession is to be found in the means that are chosen to reach full conformity with Christ. Home. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary. [93], 50. 32-44; Redemptoris missio, nn. In the mystical body of Christ, which is the Church, the same Spirit has frequently raised up a variety of gifts and charisms, such as those of the various religious families. [36] See Apostolicam actuositatem, nn. This Council is made up of the Chaplain, a moderator (or leader) and two or more councillors (but not more than four) according to the number of members of the community and according to the provisions of the local statutes. The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) welcomes those of the faithful who, by special vocation, undertake to live, in the world, and evangelical life of fraternal communion with the friars and nuns, and follow the example and teaching of the Carmelite Saints. Every community must have a register of members where names, dates of profession and other information deemed useful are to be noted. These councils must be governed by their own statutes and approved by the competent authority in the Order. Our OCDS community meets the second Saturday of every month at the Carmelite Monastery in Danvers, MA. 19. [105] They are to help particularly the individual communities of the Third Order within the framework of their jurisdiction so that these may be permeated with the genuine spirit of Carmel. However, the consent given by the Diocesan Bishop for the erection of a house of the Order is valid also for the erection of a Third Order community attached to the same house or church. These two pontifical documents are at the root of the current structure of the Carmelite Family. In the spirit of their baptism the bonds will call them to a fuller practice of the Gospel, following the provisions of the Rule. Lay Carmelites live a life of intense prayer, focused on a personal dialogue with the Lord, the true friend of humanity. Some lay people have a particular call to participate in the charisms of religious families which are a common patrimony of the people of God and which become for them too a source of energy and a school for life. By the vow of chastity, they undertake to live this virtue according to their state in life. By involving the person at every level of their life, conversion brings a radical re-alignment towards a gradual change. [114], 67. In ordering creation for the true good of humanity, an activity which is supported by the life of grace, Tertiaries share in the exercise of that power by which the Risen Christ draws all things to himself. They come back enthused after this encounter and realise that they are to be tireless in giving life to the setting in which they are called to work. 92. All the other lay people joined one of the various Scapular confraternities. [80] ‘Like all Carmelites, the lay Carmelite is called to some form of service which is an integral part of the charism given to the Order by God.’[81] St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus discovered this dimension of her Carmelite identity when, reading the sacred scriptures, she found that she was ‘love in the heart of the Church’. Their whole person and whole existence awaken to a recognition of the caring and merciful action of God in the life of each one. and the Discalced Carmelite Order (OCD), both of which still exist today. [57] They learn from her to welcome the Word, to be open to it and to embrace it fully. 41-42, [5] See St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel, II, 22, 5-6. [86] In times of loss and change, they can give many people reliable direction. [79] See Christifideles laici, nn. Sacramental life, centred on the Eucharist, is the source of the spiritual life. 49. They live our Baptismal and Confirmation vocation supported and inspired by the Carmelite spirit and ideal, by the example, encouragement and help of … Carmel Dark Night of the Soul CARMELITE SPIRITUALITY: The Way of Carmelite Prayer and Contemplation by Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D. The communities of Tertiaries are governed by this Rule, as approved by the Holy See. They can rely on the help and support of all the brothers and sisters who share in the same ideal. St.… Through sharing in the prophetic office of Christ and the Church, Tertiaries undertake, in all walks of life,[39] to assimilate the Gospel through faith and to proclaim it by their works. All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister. The new General Council, elected at the General Chapter of 2001, wrote the final document to be presented to the Holy See for approval. Other forms which have found a place in the Carmelite tradition are mental prayer, the practice of the presence of God, aspirative prayer, silent prayer, as well as other devotional practices. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher: Edizioni Carmelitane, Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10, 00193 Rome, Italy. Through action together lay Carmelites increase the perfection of their lives. The Carmelite Order - sometimes nicknamed 'Carmel' - is a Catholic religious order, a worldwide Christian family, that first came to Britain in 1242 and which is alive and active today. There is no reason why they should not belong to another third order or to other associations,[123] unless the local statutes provide otherwise. In this way the members of these families reach evangelical perfection through communion in the service of Christ and in a freedom strengthened by obedience. So lay Carmelites live in a world which is ever more uncertain in the face of fundamental questions, and in an era which has presented new problems for faith, morals and society. The members of the Third Order recognize in the Prior General a spiritual father, head and bond of unity. 73. Together with Elijah, lay Carmelites learn to feel the presence of the Lord which comes to humanity with strength and gentleness. Ascending the mountain implies a desert experience in which the living flame of God’s love transforms and detaches the lay Carmelite from everything; even their image of God is purified and transformed. The person leading the group was a professed Third Order Carmelite of the ancient order (TOC). They are conscious of being part of an international family, they support opportunities for meetings that may give rise to sharing between members of the Order. See Bullarium Carmelitanum, I, p.523. This will lead to a new charismatic interpretation of their lay nature and to a fully co-responsible share in the task of evangelisation and in the ministry specific to Carmel. [2] The Rule of St. Albert is like a spring from which the river of the charism flows. Since it is the proper calling of lay people to live in the world and in the midst of secular affairs, they are called upon by God to carry out this mission of the Church so that there is a Christian yeast in the temporal activities which they are deeply engaged in. [44] This means restoring creation to its original goodness. 13. The local statutes set out the forms of apostolic activities. [63] See B. M. Xiberta, Charlas a las contemplativas, n. 4, p. 15. May the members of the Secular Carmelite Order, together with Mary, Queen of Carmel, walk the paths of history, attentive to the authentic needs of humanity, and ever ready to share with the Lord His sacrifice of the Cross and to experience with Him the peace of new life! These men and women, adult and young, have been called by the Lord to share a mission within our Order, in the Church, and ultimately in our modern societies. Every member is free to leave the Third Order by asking the council in writing and the council is authorised to accede to this request. The lay persons associated with the Order in any way express our Carmelite calling in the concrete living of our place in the world. The Church approves and encourages lay people in this and invites them to strive to make their own the particular characteristics of the spirituality of these families.[11]. [111], 63. They are accompanied by them on the road to becoming contemplative and active in a world which is ever more complex and demanding while at the same time searching desperately for spiritual values. [92] They proclaim the knowledge of salvation to the people. [125] Any sort of work or professional activity exercised by the individual or by the community can be a way of answering the call to the apostolate. Indeed, admitting their possible limitations or reluctance, they undertake without hesitating or wavering a gradual path towards those chosen ideals of change and transformation.[32]. From the experience of recognizing each other as brothers and sisters comes the need to involve others in that fascinating human and divine undertaking which is the construction of God’s Kingdom. 80. and Superior General, O.C.D. The following of Christ and of Mary, as understood and lived according to the charism of the Order, is the ideal of the faithful in the Carmelite Family. The Carmelite Order considers itself enriched by the faithful who, inspired by the Holy Spirit and answering a specific call from God, freely and definitively promise to conduct their lives according to the norms of the Gospel in the spirit of Carmel. Order of the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. By reason of their baptismal priesthood and the charisms that they have received, lay Carmelites are called to build up the ecclesial[36] community by a ‘ fully conscious, and active participation’ in its liturgical life. [75] The scapular reminds us of Mary’s protection which is given throughout the course of life, particularly in the moment of passage to the full enjoyment of glory. 64. The Rule for the Third Order of Carmel is printed in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. Over the course of time, these lay people were organized into groups of like-minded men and women with similar obligations to those of the friars. The Third Order of Carmel, like other lay Carmelite groups, has its own influence on the structure and on the spirit of the whole family of Carmel. Local statutes will determine the procedure. It is an association of lay people who choose to live the Gospel in the spirit of the Carmelite Order and under its guidance. [22] See the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, Starting out afresh from Christ. A Letter from the Prior General, O.Carm. It has been claimed that the first such rule was written by Blessed John Soreth in 1455. From the beginning, the Carmelites assisted groups of lay people who disired to live a better Christian life through their devotion to Our Lady, their prayer, their charity. In order to encourage an ever growing involvement of lay Carmelites in the Order and in the Church, the General Council,[104] and particularly the Priors Provincial, in person or through a delegate, are to take spiritual care of the Third Order, according to each province’s statutes. It means serving God and neighbour with a generosity which includes giving one’s life for them, praying to the Lord with confidence and perseverance, and waiting watchfully for the coming of the Lord.[70]. 61. They are also to take care that individual communities help in the activities of existing apostolates in the dioceses where they operate, working under the direction of the Ordinary of the place, and with other associations of the faithful in the diocese which have the same aims.[107]. 71. Therefore, all the faithful, of whatever state, are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love: from this holiness a more human lifestyle is fostered, even in earthly society. A Third Order is a secular religious order. See above note 16. The values that it expresses have been translated into ever new forms which are suited to lay people in various places and in different periods. But there is a danger of misusing temporal goods. All members of the Carmelite Third Order have the same rights and the same obligations as set out in the provincial or local statutes. The visible sign of joining the Third Order can be through the giving of the traditional habit or the scapular. 20. If they are married, they should live their own call to matrimonial holiness energetically and resourcefully. Their life, lived in the world in the midst of the people, is dedicated to the cares and tasks of the world, in the ordinary ups and downs of family and of society. [13] These were not only single men and women, but married people who freely observed periodic continence, for example during Lent, etc. 10. Inspired by Mary, lay Carmelites also desire to make present the saving work of Jesus in space and in time through the celebration of the divine mysteries. Carmelite religious have Constitutions by means of which the Rule of St. Albert is applied to the conditions of the present day. This Bull laid the foundations – with various phases of development – for the Second and Third Orders. They also receive, as required, their mission for the purposes that they have set themselves in the name of the Church.[115]. Both the Carmelite Third Order as such, and the individual communities of Tertiaries which are canonically constituted, acquire through the decree of erection a juridical personality according to canon law. [7] They are enabled to be a part of that great assembly of brothers and sisters that is the Church, the people of God, ‘sacrament - sign and instrument, that is, of communion with God and of the unity of the whole human race.’’[8]. This culminated in the approval of their Rule after the Second Vatican Council. The Prior General, Theodore Straccio (1632-1642), attempted to clarify the situation by establishing a Third Order of the ‘continent’[13] in which brothers and sisters made vows of obedience and chastity according to their state. Gathered by Mary, like the disciples, in the upper room, lay Carmelites come together to praise the Lord in the mysteries of his life and that of his mother: the devout practice of the Rosary can become an inexhaustible source of genuine spirituality which nourishes daily life. [83] The faithful cannot renounce their participation in ‘public life’, in the many and various social, economic, legislative, administrative and cultural ventures which are meant to promote the common good institutionally.[84]. The family life of Carmel is also reflected in dealings with the outside world. Lay Carmelites are sustained by grace and guided by the Spirit who encourages them to live the Christian life concretely by following the tried and tested ways of Carmel. Carm.) 77. b) At the end of three years, having discerned and obtained the approval of the local council, the candidate can make final or perpetual profession. 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