Our Life of Prayer
The Heart of Our Carmel
Our chapel is the heart of our monastery. Its design expresses the Carmelite spirit and tradition. Clear etched-glass windows and doors depict Carmelite saints and symbols and open out to create an inclusive expanded seating area in the vestibule.
The tabernacle, enhanced by the Cloth of Honor, a large wooden crucifix and original wood carved statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel contribute to the prayerful beauty and simplicity of our worship space.
The Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christ’s life in our midst and of our shared life in him.” Lumen Gentium #11 The daily communal celebration of Mass in our chapel is the focal point of our day. United with the whole Church, we also gather there to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, savoring the psalms, hymns and scriptural readings in each season of the liturgical year.
Prayer permeates the life of a Carmelite. It is at the heart of the Teresian charism. Its goal is nothing less than intimate loving union with God and an ever-deepening friendship with Christ that slowly transforms us into his likeness. St Teresa taught that prayer is an intimate sharing between friends and urged us to take time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us.