An Easter Unlike Any Other

Happy Easter 2020! The Lord is risen from the grave, broken the chains of death, freed us from eternal punishment, and opened for us the way to eternal Life! Even though we are in the midst of a world-wide health pandemic, even though we may be isolated in our homes, not able to attend the Easter Triduum or other church …

Holy Saturday 2020

Today is a strange day. We don’t know how we should pray today. In our Carmel and in other religious houses when we go to pray in the choir (the nuns’ private chapel) we are immediately reminded that today is different than any other day of the year because the tabernacle is empty. There is no sacramental Presence of Jesus …

Good Friday 2020

Many of you will be viewing your parish churches’ live-stream services for Good Friday. You may also want to watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson today. It seems each time I view it something different speaks to my heart that I didn’t pick up before. I Will Draw All People to Myself This time it …

Holy Thursday 2020

Dear Friends, “Now is the time for the Son of Man to be glorified (Jn. 12:23),” says our Lord a few days before His Passion. What a mysterious statement. So much is going on in the life of Christ even before the Crucifixion, the “Day of our Salvation.” Jesus will speak at length to his closest friends tonight at the …

Jesus on the Cross with Flowers

Dear Quarantined Catholics

Our dear friends of Carmel, and all our fellow quarantined Catholics,This is the first Sunday without attending Mass. For so many, it has been years and years you have not been at Mass on a Sunday. Please know we are united in prayer with all of you at this difficult time! There is an abundant amount of online resources out …

Suspension of Public Mass

To all who frequent our chapel for daily and Sunday Mass, we share the sad news that no Masses will be celebrated until further notice starting this Monday, March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19. We will have Sunday Mass in the morning at 7:30 a.m., as usual, but that will be the last Mass until, at least, Easter Sunday. We …

Fasting and Ashes

Today is the first day of Lent, February 26, 2020. This is the time we Christians take the Hand of our dear Jesus as He ventures off into the desert, to fast, pray, and fight temptations from the evil one, the flesh and worldly allurements. The prayer we say in the Liturgy of the Hours sums up the meaning of …

St. Joseph Novena 2020

Our Novena to St. Joseph begins very soon, on March 11th. Please join us with the prayers below as we daily ask the earthly father of Jesus to bring our needs to his Son. You can send us your petitions via email if you would like: prayer@littlerockcarmel.org. Litany of St. Joseph Lord, have mercy on us.Christ have mercy on us.Lord, …

Lent: Farewell to Alleluia

To our dear friends, Alas … the beginning of Lent. Blessed Ash Wednesday to you! To start this solemn season we would like to share with you another custom of our Carmel called “Goodbye to Alleluia”.  We hope you enjoy it. We have simply copied the ceremony below as we use it each year. Our sincere hope and prayer is …

Online Lenten Retreat 2020

Well, dear Catholics (and others observing the season of Lent), have you thought about your lenten practices yet? It’s coming very soon (Wednesday, February 26th, next week!). We’d like to recommend the online retreat put out by our Discalced Carmelite Friars in Austria and in France. Each retreat they offer highlights a Carmelite saint within the specified liturgical season (Advent, …