The one solemnity every Carmelite looks forward without fail is the feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel. She is not just our patroness but our dear sister, mother, guide and our inspiration!

It really gives a proud feeling that we are the first ones among the five primitive religious orders that has dedicated itself to the patronage of Mother Mary. And this compels us not out of obligation but as a mark of respect, admiration and gratitude to thank her for protecting our Order and also a chance to throw ourselves under her mantle.

Therefore the Carmelite community of Pushpashrama celebrated this solemnity with great joy along with the people on Sunday 14th of July. Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla, the General Definitor solemnized this celebration along with fathers of Pushpashrama and the neighboring Dhyanavana community. Fr. Johannes preached a meaningful homily on the theme “Mary, the mother of God and of all mankind” and brought out the significance of the day’s celebration. The mass was accompanied with the heavenly choir led by the Pushpashrama brothers. Sisters from CCR congregation and Dhyanavana along with the OCDS participated in the liturgy. The OCDS also brought gifts for the offering. Sisters from our neighborhood also joined in the celebration. After the communion, the scapulars were blessed. A great number of faithful flocked from near and far for the celebration and their presence displayed their love towards Carmel. Scapulars were distributed after the mass which concluded at 9: 30 am. After the mass, the OCDS joined us for breakfast and partook in the celebration by conducting Tambola (Housie - Housie) game.

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