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Third meeting of the Commission for Liturgy and Prayer

41/2015-04-05

The third meeting of the Commission for Liturgy and Prayer in the Order took place at CISA, April 24 – 25, 2015. Present were: Frs. Francisco de Sales Alencar Batista (President), Edmondo Caruana (Mel), Michael Farrugia (Procurator General), Giovanni Grosso (Postulator General),

Giuseppe Midili (Ita), and Mario Esposito (SEL). Fr. Pius Robert Malik (Indo) was unable to present because of the difficulty of getting a visa. The working sessions were particularly productive.

The Commission reviewed the various translations of the newly composed vow formula which will be, hopefully, approved at the next session of the General Council for use throughout the Order “ad experimentum”. The work on the revised Carmelite Liturgical Calendar is nearly completed. This too should be ready for approval by the next meeting of the General Council. In addition, the Commission spent a considerable amount of time reviewing, editing, and discussing the Rites of Simple and Solemn Profession, as well as the Rite for Funerals for the brothers and sisters of the Order. The goal is to have the profession Rites completed for presentation at the General Congregation in September 2016. Fr. Michael Farrugia, Procurator General, brought the Commission up to date on the progress in the Congregation for Divine Worship, of the state of approval of various prayers for the newly beatified and canonized members of the Order, our goal being the completion of the revised Carmelite Missal. The Rites for the various stages of the Lay Carmelite vocation were also reviewed for updating and re-submission to the Congregation, with Italian as the base text. Lastly, the preparations for a future Congress on Liturgy for the Order were moved ahead in planning. The next meeting of the Commission will be in February 2016.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."