Prayers of the Carmelite Family
Prayer of the Carmelite Family
composed in 2003 to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the papal bull 'Cum Nulla'
renew the gift of the
Holy Spirit within the Carmelite
as we seek to live
following in the footsteps of
Teach us, like Mary,
to contemplate your wisdom.
Fill us, like Elijah,
with zeal for your glory.
Inspire us, like Simon
Stock, to ponder your will in
times of change.
Like Teresa, John, Thérèse
may we live always in your presence,
and make us prophets of your Kingdom.
May our lives of prayer, community, and service
be a sign to the world that God lives, in whose presence we stand.
This grace we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.
Prayer for the
Carmelite Way of Life
composed in 2007 to celebrate the 8th centenary of
the giving of the Carmelite Rule of Saint Albert
Saint Albert of
assembled the holy hermits of
a family of pilgrim people,
seeking to live in allegiance
to Jesus Christ.
Like them, inspire us to imitate the first
that we may build your
kingdom, the heavenly
Like them, turn our hearts from conflict with
to the spiritual fight against
all that distracts us from you.
Like them, help us to draw water from the
spring of Elijah,
and to live deeply our
With Mary, we commit to standing alongside
those who are suffering.
Help us to find you alone in the cell of our
and lead us through solitude
Let our prayer inspire our service of others,
and our service show us our
need for prayer.
May our silent contemplation bear fruit,
proclaim that God lives in whose presence we stand.
Use our poverty, chastity, and obedience to be
Good News for others.
We thank you for our diversity, united by a common vision.
We thank you for sustaining, reforming and transforming us
the benefit of the Church and the World.
We thank you for the saints, those living and
those gone before, who
have shown us an ancient path to the Mountain that is Christ.
May all we do be done in your Word.
This we ask, in Jesus’