- Easter Triduum in Carmel
Holy Thursday: Lauds 8am, Vespers 5.30pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Supper 8pm
Good Friday: Lauds 8am, Celebration of the Passion 5.30pm, Compline 9pm
Holy Saturday: Lauds 8am, Office of Holy Saturday 5.30pm, Easter Vigil 9pm
Easter Sunday: 9am Office of the Resurrection, 5.30pm Eucharist (disciples of Emmaus)
For the Passion reading at the Palm Sunday Eucharist as well as on Good Friday at 5.30 pm and at the Easter Vigil, the congregation, the retreatants, all those who will come, are invited to participate in the readings! The time of the rehearsal will be indicated the day before on the website.
- 2 February 2023
Today, Candlemas Day, the celebration of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple of Jerusalem, the Carmel de la Paix inaugurates its new website. Here you will find news of the Carmel as well as an echo of our prayer. “Now, O sovereign Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word. For my eyes have seen the salvation you were preparing in the face of the peoples: a light that reveals itself to the nations and gives glory to your people Israel.” (Gospel of Luke, chapter 2)
◊ From 6.30 a.m., possibility of prayers in the church
◊ Lauds at 8 a.m.
◊ Eucharist at 11 a.m. (Monday desert day with Eucharist at 6p.m.)
◊ Vespers at 5.30 p.m.
◊ Compline at 9 p.m. (except on Sunday)
- 17 March 2023
In our journey through the desert, we have come to a halt. Lord Jesus Christ, we need you to rest and quench our thirst.
For all around us, and even more so in the distance, the earth is dry from not having enough rain, the earth is burnt by huge fires, devastated by bombs or earthquakes – and how many hearts throughout the world are dried up by the desolation of daily life or the anguish of tomorrow…
In you we recognise the One who illuminates the dry places in us so that we can work on them, and who, by his own journey and the gift of his life, offers us living, purifying and thirst-quenching water, ready to flow over the barren lands to irrigate the future.
For this oasis of hope at the edge of your well, Lord Jesus, we bless you.
- 11 March 2023
Lord, teach us to make integral ecology our own.
Draw us out of the torpor of a light and insidious irresponsibility towards the state of the world.
May this lucidity, far from making us give up, give us the necessary impetus to change the world step by step, with your help!
- 9 March 2023
The wind is blowing hard.
The storm refreshes us, and scares us a little, too.
Lord, what if it was our sister and mother earth that was crying out in revolt?
So much plunder, pollution and abuse committed against her!
And, why not, what if it was your anger, Good God, who no longer knows how to make us hear your call, your warning:
“My beloved children, you are on the wrong path.
Change your ways of producing and consuming, of housing and feeding yourselves, of working and travelling!
Yet, Lord, do not cease to speak to us, to call us and to hope in us.
- 26 February 2023
God, your commandment of love is not new, but it is with a renewed heart that we want to accept it, so that it may give our lives momentum. May our implementation of the Gospel throughout this Lenten period be more than sacrifices and fasts – which nevertheless help us to detach ourselves from ourselves in order to return to what is essential – but may we be given the enthusiasm of the faith that always starts afresh! We pray to you through Christ Jesus, our brother and Lord.
The only sign that we truly recognise ourselves as sinners is that we get up, like Levi who leaves his office as a publican, to respond to the invitation to the feast! (Luke 5:27-32)
- 14 February 2023
Be gracious to me, O God, for I am a rich man who loves his voice and his possessions, but I have had wind of you, I have not fled from your breath. Release me from my possessions, bind my voice to your service, and let it take wind from the poor lands.
Be gracious to me, O God, for I am of lowly water, which troubleth thy word. The earth of which thou hast made me hides dark exchanges that mar thy reflection. Do not abandon me to their power and keep me from loving them.
Be gracious to me, O God, I am but a sinner. I come to drink from the spring in the heart of Christ without knowing my sin: the joy of being invited carries me. But what other testimony can I give to my Saviour? If he had not forgiven me everything, from what place would I speak?