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Hi VeniJesuAmorMi!

 

That explains it! I will post some more customs or excerpts from a Ceremonial.

 

 

 

 

 

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PRAYERS OF THE DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS

 

O my God, I wake on this break of Day to think of Thee, to love Thee and to serve Thee.  Behold me, O my God, Thy holy will shall be mine, I will observe it with all my heart the whole of this day.    

 

WHILE DRESSING     

 

Lord, prepare my soul interiorly while I prepare my body to go to Choir.  Clothe me, O my God, with the fervor of Thy Divine Spirit and with the precious gifts of Thy grace

 

PUTTING ON THE HABIT                                    

 

Clothe me, O my God, with Thy holy religious practices so that I may appear before Thee such as our habit and profession require.                                       

 

THE GIRDLE                                                           

 

Unite me to Thee, O my God in an     intimate union and attach me to Thee in the bonds of charity the links of which may never break   

 

THE TOQUE                                                                                  

 

Conside, O my soul, the whiteness of this toque represents the purity of conscience you should have in order to please God.  O Lord, grant me this grace, to die rather than to defile my soul by any sin. Purify it in Thy Precious Blood and grant me perfect contrition for my sins.       

 

THE VEIL                                                                                                        

                                                                 

This veil should teach me, Lord, that I should die to the world and to myself so as to live no longer but for Thee.  Grant me, therefore, the grace that nothing of this miserable life may remain in me, which prevents my union with Thee. 

 

THE SCAPULAR                                                                                                                       

 

Lord, grant me the grace to carry with joy and love Thy yoke and burden all the days of my life.

 

THE MANTLE

 

O spotless Lamb of God, adorn Me with the purity with which all those are adorned who follow Thee.

 

MORNING PRAYER

 

Live, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, now and at each hour! Into the wounds of Jesus and in the sweet hearts of Mary and Joseph I commend myself.  O my God, I offer Thee all the movements, my life, my work and my death.  In the name of Jesus and in the hearts of Mary and Saint Joseph I wish this day to commence, offer and terminate everything.  Lord I unite myself to all the Holy Communions, to all the holy Sacrifices of the Mass, to all the good works, and to all the indulgences of the Catholic Church in which I wish to participate and apply to the souls in Purgatory.

 

GOING OUT OF THE CELL

 

Do me the favor, my Lord and my God, that my heart remain in solitude, never losing Thy divine presence, but that I may ever remain united to Thee, my Way, my Truth and my Life.  All for Jesus and Mary! Judge me not, O my God according to the purity of Thy Eternal Son, but consult rather Thy mercy in my judgment and place the blood and death of Jesus Christ between Thee and Thy poor creature. Amen, sweet Jesus, Amen.

 

Source:

 

Carmel of St. Joseph

Seattle, Washington, USA

 

 

 

 

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Regarding the unique custom of the nuns in Italy (& some of their foundations) pinning wooden crosses to their scapulars, here are some Italian Discalced Carmelite Nuns' documents from the 17th century. I skimmed through them a bit and tried to look out for anything regarding this practice, from the little I could understand, but didn't find anything yet.

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=VYufxZZlp5sC&rdid=book-VYufxZZlp5sC&rdot=1

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carmelitane_scalze_Ordinario_o_ceremoniale_delle_m?id=GwJlJJdpZ0AC&feature=more_from_author

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carmelitane_scalze_Compendio_de_gli_essercizii_che?id=7sd1BylvbNYC&feature=more_from_author&rdid=book-7sd1BylvbNYC&rdot=1

 

Gracian, again, I'll let you know if I ever find anything on this. My guess is that perhaps it was something adopted when the Spanish and Italian OCDs split into two congregations in like 1600 (& didn't reunite until somewhat recently) But maybe as you mentioned once, it was something the Genoa nuns adopted at the beginning of their foundation in 1590 as a sign of their missionary spirit, since they were the first OCD Carmel founded outside Spain...  :detective:

 

 

 

 

 

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I was thinking this picture of Blessed Elia proves that the wooden cross was also worn by Novices, until I looked it up and see she was in Carmel right after the time when temporary profession began in the Church (in 1917) so she may be in First Vows in this picture. http://ocarm.org/en/content/liturgy/bl-elia-st-clement-ocd-virgin-m  So there's a chance the wooden cross could be something given at First Profession. Anyway, just some thoughts.. 

 

Here is the part in the Constitutions about receiving the Habit - https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=VYufxZZlp5sC&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA106 No mention of the cross put on the scapular. 

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Regarding the unique custom of the nuns in Italy (& some of their foundations) pinning wooden crosses to their scapulars, here are some Italian Discalced Carmelite Nuns' documents from the 17th century. I skimmed through them a bit and tried to look out for anything regarding this practice, from the little I could understand, but didn't find anything yet.

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=VYufxZZlp5sC&rdid=book-VYufxZZlp5sC&rdot=1

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carmelitane_scalze_Ordinario_o_ceremoniale_delle_m?id=GwJlJJdpZ0AC&feature=more_from_author

 

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carmelitane_scalze_Compendio_de_gli_essercizii_che?id=7sd1BylvbNYC&feature=more_from_author&rdid=book-7sd1BylvbNYC&rdot=1

 

Gracian, again, I'll let you know if I ever find anything on this. My guess is that perhaps it was something adopted when the Spanish and Italian OCDs split into two congregations in like 1600 (& didn't reunite until somewhat recently) But maybe as you mentioned once, it was something the Genoa nuns adopted at the beginning of their foundation in 1590 as a sign of their missionary spirit, since they were the first OCD Carmel founded outside Spain...  :detective:

 

 

Hi Chiqui!

 

We can only speculate at this point. 

 

A friend told me that it could be a custom of the Mantuan Reform and the Nuns kept it as a sign that there Carmel has been reformed following the Constitutions of St. Teresa.

 

I also think, just like you, that the wooden cross worn outside the scapular was to signify that the Carmelite Nuns in Italy are under the Italian Congregation and are independent from the Spanish Congregation.

 

I consulted "Journey to Carith: The Sources and Story of the Discalced Carmelite" by Fr. Peter-Thomas Rohrback , OCD.  This is a great source of information on anything about Carmel.  This book was recommended to me by a Discalced Carmelite Extern Sister during one of my visits to Baguio Carmel.

 

While checking my copy of the book, I found the following:

 

“In 1590, Doria finally acquiesced to the demands of Marguerite Spinola, a wealthy Genoese widow then travelling to Spain, who had been asking him for a foundation of Discalced Nuns in Genoa, promising to subsidize it from her considerable fortune.  A group of nuns was sent from the convent of Malagon, arriving in Genoa in December of 1590.  After Doria’s death, the convent in Genoa became the mother foundation for a succession of other convents in Italy, and at Avignon in Frnace, and at Vienna in Austria.” Page 230

 

“When Peter of the Mother of God first came to Rome he discovered a group of nuns who called themselves Discalced Carmelites living in Pincian Hill.  These Nuns, whose only connection with the Order was an acquaintance with the writings of St. Teresa, has been founded by a Spanish Oratorian, Francis de Soto.  Peter took the disorganized community in hand, instructed it in the Carmelite traditions, and officially incorporated it into the Order.  The convent, which soon became one of the most celebrated in the Eternal City, was expertly guided by Peter, and later by Jerome Gracian during the years he spent in Rome following his release from captivity in North Africa.  The Roman convent and the Genoese convent were nucleaus for the expansion of the nuns in Italy and southern Europe.”  Page 232

 

“A number of convents were established in other parts of South America suring the seventeenth century, but these were usually founded by local bishops who gathered a group of pious women and instructed them in the Carmelite life without any direct foundation from another convent.  Thus Bogota in Colombia was founded in 1606 and Leiva in 1646; and a convent was established at Lima in Pero in 1643.  A number of foundations in other countries were made by the Lima convent – Quito in Ecuador in 1653, Sucre in Bolivia in 1665, Guatemala in 1677, and Ayacucho in Peru in 1683.  Most of these convents endured, and during the twentieth century they came under a more direct supervision of the Order.  On the other hand, the convents in Mexic, beginning with the first one at Pueblo in 1604, were founded by the Carmelite friars, who usually selected the candidates from among the Spanish colonists in New Spain.” Pages 271

 

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I was thinking this picture of Blessed Elia proves that the wooden cross was also worn by Novices, until I looked it up and see she was in Carmel right after the time when temporary profession began in the Church (in 1917) so she may be in First Vows in this picture. http://ocarm.org/en/content/liturgy/bl-elia-st-clement-ocd-virgin-m  So there's a chance the wooden cross could be something given at First Profession. Anyway, just some thoughts.. 

 

Here is the part in the Constitutions about receiving the Habit - https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=VYufxZZlp5sC&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&authuser=0&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA106 No mention of the cross put on the scapular. 

 

 

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As you can see from the photos above, the novices are wearing the wooden crosses outside the scapulars just like the solemn professed nuns.  This photo is from Legnano Carmel which photos are all available in google.

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Photos of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Czech Republic - the nuns and novices are seen wearing wooden crosses outside their scapulars:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Czech Republic - the nuns and novices are seen wearing wooden crosses outside their scapulars:

 

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Photos of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Czech Republic - Extern Sister

 

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Chiquitunga

Monastero+di+Legnano+fratie+monache.jpg

 

As you can see from the photos above, the novices are wearing the wooden crosses outside the scapulars just like the solemn professed nuns.  This photo is from Legnano Carmel which photos are all available in google.

 

True, but we don't know for sure if those white veils are Novices or in First Vows. 

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