‘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.’, 43. All rights reserved. Through baptism, lay Carmelites are sharers in the mission of Christ which they continue in the Church, becoming as it were ‘another humanity’ for him which is transformed into ‘praise of his glory.’ Lay people are recognised as having ‘their own absolutely necessary participation in this mission.’’. 20. The Third Order of Carmel, or Carmelite Secular Order, together with other communities who are inspired by the Carmelite Rule, by its traditions and by values expressed in Carmelite spirituality, are a constituent part of the Carmelite Family in the Church. and Superior General, O.C.D.  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. The Moderator must be confirmed by the Prior General or the Prior Provincial. Third Order. 56. 39.  Lay Carmelites let themselves be accompanied by Mary in gradually taking on responsibility for co-operation in salvation and for the communication of grace given in the Church. Basically, you live the spirituality of a religious order (ie: the Franciscans, the Carmelites) but you do so out in the world. It is the Council’s and, especially the Moderator’s task, with the help of the Chaplain, to do everything possible to promote the community’s interests. 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. The Lay Carmelites, formally known as the Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is a third order of the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance, established in 1476 by a bull of Pope Sixtus IV. They are to get to know Carmelite spirituality and history, as well as the major figures of the Order. 14. Join us and become a Third Order Carmelite. One such order is the Carmelites. Division The Third Orders can each be divided into (a) regulars, i.e. In the 1630's, the Carmelite Prior General decided to follow the model of the Franciscan Third Order and compose a separate Rule specifically for members of the Third Order.  See Carmelite Missal, Collect for the Mass of 16 July: Solemn Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. Every day, if possible, they should approach the sacrifice of the altar and the banquet of life in which the Church finds all her richness, ‘that is, Christ himself, our Pasch and the living bread.’ They should regularly receive forgiveness for their sins and the grace to continue the journey. Congregatio Pro Institutis Vitae Consecratae. The purpose of the Church is to spread the kingdom of Christ on earth so that all may share in that salvation brought about by the Cross. They recognize that they are the sisters and brothers of whoever is called to share in the Carmelite charism. Members of Third Order communities who are destined for Holy Orders may, where the statutes so provide, be incardinated through ordination to the diaconate in the Carmelite Order after their definitive incorporation in the Third Order. 84. A while back I posted about Third Orders. 80. It implies a deeper awareness that God’s action pervades the whole of one’s life, as witnessed to by St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus. I am a mother, writer and resource specialist. 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.’, 41. Each community is to set up a programme of ongoing formation. The Council, for its part, appoints the Secretary, the Treasurer and other office holders according to the needs and the size of the community. Christ’s kingship implies, above all, a spiritual combat to defeat the tyranny of sin in ourselves.  This is a real service offered to humanity and its authentic promotion. 62.  See the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, Starting out afresh from Christ. 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. They are sure guides along a difficult trail which brings us to ‘the peak of the mountain, Christ the Lord.’. 32-44; Redemptoris missio, nn. They are ready to defend the rights of those who are downtrodden. Already in the 19th and 20th centuries, there was an attempt to encourage the ‘secular’ aspect of the Tertiaries’ life. They can rely on the help and support of all the brothers and sisters who share in the same ideal. Ironically, since childhood the Baptized are instructed, ---------*******---------*******---------. 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. A Third Order is a secular religious order. ), Nella notte della libertà. Together with Elijah, lay Carmelites learn to feel the presence of the Lord which comes to humanity with strength and gentleness. They are to encourage one another in assimilating the charism of the Order to which they belong so that they become living members of the Church. Family life, the workplace, professional and Church areas where lay Carmelites are found will all receive from them some warmth from their contemplative hearts which can see the image of God in others. Tertiaries who make vows are called to obedience to the Order’s superiors and to the Chaplain in all things that are asked of them by virtue of the Rule for their spiritual well-being. 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. 71. 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. Carm.) It sets out to do this by living the Gospel in the spirit of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel under the supreme direction of the Order itself. I have a devotion to St. Therese of Lisieux, Patroness of Missions who was a discalced Carmelite. Nevertheless, it is advisable that at national, provincial and local level, there be specific statutes which contain provisions proper to the place to which they refer. These councils must be governed by their own statutes and approved by the competent authority in the Order. With the whole council, the formator bears the responsibility for assuring sufficient instruction, if necessary having recourse to other qualified people and the most appropriate means. As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia).  ‘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.’ 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’. They are to help particularly the i… 60. The patrimony of the Third Order and its individual communities is made up of all the fixed and liquid assets however acquired. 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. As well as lay people, diocesan priests, who find in the Carmelite charism help for their spiritual lives and their mission in the Church and the world, may be members of the Carmelite Third Order. a) First profession is made for a period of three years during which time the brothers or sisters will live fully the life of the community, continuing the formation process, and deepening various aspects of Carmelite life. ", Copyright © 2003 - 2020 THE ORDER OF CARMELITES - www.ocarm.org, Celebrating At Home Christmas - Nativity of the Lord, Celebrating At Home - Fourth Sunday of Advent, Celebrating At Home - Third Sunday of Advent, As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (.  In times of loss and change, they can give many people reliable direction. They offer their members the advantages of a greater stability in following a teaching backed by the lived experience of holy people. After confirmation of this document by Honorius III (1226) and Gregory IX (1229), Innocent IV in 1247 completed the process of foundation. They thought that they were self-sufficient. 26. The Lay Carmelites’ search for God, their submission to the Lordship of Christ is a response, elicited by the Spirit, to the dialogue between friends which God sets up in the Word made flesh. 61. Communities are erected canonically by the Prior General of the Order, with the consent of his Council, with the previous written consent of the Prior Provincial and that of the Diocesan Bishop. It has been claimed that the first such rule was written by Blessed John Soreth in 1455.  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. Of these the first take vows, the latter can only make a solemn promise (except that Carmelite Tertiaries apparently take some sort of vows of obedience and chastity, cf.  See St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Offering of myself as a Victim of Holocaust to the Merciful Love of God.  See Code of Canon Law (1983), can. As St. Teresa of Jesus says, ‘Prayer … is nothing more than an intimate and frequent dialogue of friendship with the one whom we know loves us.’ Personal and community, liturgical and informal prayer - these all make up the fabric of a personal relationship with the Triune God who inspires the whole being of the lay Carmelite. Spiritual life, or life in the Spirit, has its origin in the Father’s initiative who through the Son and in the Spirit gives to each man and woman their life and their holiness. 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 spirit of the evangelical counsels, common to all Christians, becomes for the Tertiaries a plan for life which touches the areas of power, of sensuality and of material goods. It has been a long process but worthwhile because now I believe that we have a fine document that will help lay Carmelites as they seek to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ. Learn More.  They are to commit themselves to extending such celebration into daily life itself. Learn more about Third Order Carmelites.  They proclaim the knowledge of salvation to the people. This would be equivalent to being a postulant in a religious order. Tertiaries recognize in Carmelites who are consecrated in the religious life, valid spiritual guides. BECOME A CARMELITE. In a life of penance and prayer, they consecrated themselves to the one who had shed his blood. Carmel, please click here to go to main page of the Lay Carmelties, "Lay People are, put simply, the vast majority of the people of God" (Evangelii Gaudium 102). The Lay Carmelites are a part of the Third Order branch of the Carmelite Order. It is one family with the Every community has its own rules/lifestyle and I’ve felt called to the Discalced Carmelite Order. 79.  Jesus’ message – to love God with all one’s being and one’s neighbour as one’s self – demands from the Tertiary a constant affirmation of the primacy of God, the categorical refusal to serve two masters and the pre-eminence of love for others which fights against all forms of egoism and self-centredness. , 34. The local Chaplains are normally priests of the Order. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary. 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