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Praised be Jesus Christ

The Friends of Carmel JMJ is an organization committed to providing support and financial assistance to the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA, a convent of discalced Carmelite nuns who live a completely enclosed and contemplative life.

Become a "Friend of Carmel"

To register as a “Friend of Carmel”, visit our signup page and enter your contact information.

As a Friend you will be placed on our distribution list in order to receive the latest updates concerning the Monastery. Plus, your donation, if you choose to make one, will help us to help them keep their contemplative lives contemplative.

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The Passion - Spring Newsletter 2010

Greetings Friends of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph...

Here is a poem for Holy Week that appeared in the Sisters' Spring 2010 Newsletter

We would also like to welcome all the newly registered Friends and ask that all of you keep spreading the word about the Friends of Carmel JMJ and our mission to support the Nuns of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Elysburg, PA.  We hope you all have a blessed Holy Week and a Joyous Easter.

The Kiss of Christ

Lo, there He hangs a shamed figure,

Pinioned beneath the wood.

God grant that I may love Him,

Even as I should.


I draw a little closer

To share the love divine

To hear Him softly whisper,

“Ah, foolish child of mine.


If now I would embrace thee,

My hands would stain thee red,

And if I bent to kiss thee

The thorns would pierce your head.”


'Twas then I learned in meekness

that love demands a price.

„twas then I learned that sorrow

is but the kiss of Christ


Please remember to pray for the Sisters, Our Holy Father Pope Francis, and our Bishop, the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Diocese of Harrisburg.

May God Reward You

Welcome To Bishop Gainer

The Friends of Carmel rejoice that Pope Francis has sent Bishop Ronald W. Gainer to be the Shepherd of the Diocese of Harrisburg.  We pledge our filial obedience and love for our new Successor of the Apostles and we assure him of our prayers for his episcopal ministry.  May Our Lady Queen and Beauty of Carmel enfold him in her garment of maternal love and protection!

 Most Rev. William J. Waltersheid,

Friends of Carmel JMJ

Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Join the Sisters in their Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel July 8-16.


Prayer for Every Day

Immaculate Virgin and Queen of Carmel, you are the hope of the suffering and the consolation of the afflicted. Look not upon my sins, but remember only that I am a poor soul redeemed by the Precious Blood of your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your Son, and that my heart is sealed with your holy Scapular. Hear my prayer and if it be for the glory of God, your honor and for the salvation of my soul, grant what I ask in this Novena. Amen.


First Day

Prayer. The beauty of Carmel and the Glory of Lebanon are given to you in your Immaculate Conception, O Blessed Queen of Carmel! I also rise from the sea of this world, not like you all pure and Immaculate, but full of sin. Help me, look upon me with your eyes of mercy. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel Mother of our King,
Blossoming Vine, Peerless and fair,
Splendor of Heaven, To your children of Carmel,
Mother Divine, Favors grant ever,
None like to you. Star of the Sea.

Second Day

Prayer. I give thanks to you O Virgin Mother of Carmel, for the gift of your holy Scapular, the sign of your Confraternity: O my Mother, make me worthy to wear your sacred livery, and may my heart ever be pure, free from every stain of sin. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Third Day

Prayer. Virgin Mother of Carmel, remember me who am consecrated to you by the holy Scapular, I place my trust in you, O Flower of Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Ever-Immaculate Queen. O Mother mild, implore your Son to hear my prayer now and at the hour of my death. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Fourth Day

Prayer. I thank you my Lady and Mother, for the gift of your holy Scapular. You know well my weakness and my malice, but I trust in you and under your protection I take refuge. O holy Mother of Mt. Carmel, despise not my petitions in my necessities, but deliver me from all danger. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Fifth Day

Prayer. Queen and beauty of Carmel, your glance is love, hope and sweetness. As the rays of the sun color the flowers, so also your glance gives to the soul strength and beauty. May I remain ever before you my Mother, and turn your eyes of mercy on me. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Sixth Day

Prayer. O dear Mother of Carmel, I love you more than I can express, more than my very soul can conceive. I reverence you, I praise you, O sacred Virgin, whose chaste womb bore the Son of the Most High God. Bless me and deliver me from all evil. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Seventh Day

Prayer. Most loving Virgin of Carmel, I acknowledge gratefully your immense goodness towards me; hear my prayer and after this my exile, show unto me the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus, O most clement, O most loving, O most sweet, Virgin Mary. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Eighth Day

Prayer. O Mother of Carmel, when my last hour shall sound; when I shall take your holy Scapular into my trembling hands, fill my heart with confidence in it, and O my loving Mother, receive my soul and offer it to your sweet Jesus. Amen. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.


Ninth Day

Prayer. O Mary, most holy Mother of Carmel, Virgin of Virgins, Sanctuary of the Blessed Trinity, Mirror of the Angels, Assured Refuge of Sinners! Have compassion on me in my sufferings, listen to my sighs with clemency, intercede for me with your Son. Hail Mary (three times).

Flower of Carmel, etc.

Contact Information

Friends of Carmel JMJ
430 Monastery Rd.
Elysburg, PA 17824

Telephone: 508-367-3201

Mass Times

Mass times:
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM
  • Weekdays: 7:10 AM

Selected Quote

I am convinced that one should tell one's spiritual director if one has a great desire for Communion, for Our Lord does not come from Heaven every day to stay in a golden ciborium; He comes to find another heaven, the heaven of our soul in which He loves to dwell.
- St. Thérèse de Lisieux, The Story Of A Soul: The Autobiography Of St. Therese Of Lisieux

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