This beautiful hymn of Our Lady, attributed to the Carmelite Order, expresses our devotion to her as our Mother, who is solicitous to the needs of her children.
Image above: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel with Carmelites (from left to right: St. John of the Cross, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Simon Stock, St. Teresa of Avila).
Today (July 16) is the commemoration of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, which also brings to mind the Carmelite Order, the Brown Scapular and St. Simon Stock and the great mystics, Sts. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila and the beloved Little Flower, St. Therese of Lisieux.
In connection with the Carmelites, we offer for the consideration of our readers an ancient chant of this ancient monastic order, the popular Latin hymn, Salve, Mater Misericordiae. Composed in the 11th century, this beautiful hymn to Blessed Virgin Mary, exemplifies her role as Mother of all Christians and thus her special role as Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix.
Salve, Mater misericordiae,
Salve, decus humani generis.
Salve, felix Virgo puerpera:
Esto, Mater, nostrum solatium:
Hail, Mother of mercy,
Hail, honor of the human race.
Hail, blest Virgin yet bearing child:
Become, O Mother, our solace:
In addition to the featured musical suggestions below, we would also like to remind our readers of the traditional Discalced Carmelite nuns located in Spokane, Washington and started by Mother Marie Christiane (blood sister of Archbishop Lefebvre).