The Virgin Protecteres of the Carmelites. 16th Century painting by Juan de Valdez Leal, Monastery of Discelsed Carmelites, Cordoba, Spain
Carmelite tradition traces the origin of the order to a community of hermits on Mount Carmel.
They succeeded the schools of the prophets in ancient Israel although there are no certain records of hermits on this mountain before the 1190s. By this date a group of men had gathered at the well of Elijah on Mount Carmel. These men, who had gone to Palestine from Europe either as pilgrims or as crusaders , chose Mount Carmel in part because it was the traditional home of Elijah. The foundation is believed to have been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary . The Carmelites were forced to leave the site, and the Holy Land, in 1291, and the original convalescent buildings were destroyed several times, but they were able to return in the nineteenth century, when a monastery of Discalced Carmelite friars was built close to the original site under the auspices of Fr. Julius of the Saviour and consecrated on 12 June 1836. (From Wikipedia)
Here are the beautiful, traditional and glorious habit styles, related religious and Mendicant customs.
The rich literature and epoch creating spiritual traditions of the various Roman Rite Carmelite Friars and Nuns orders and congregations of past historic periods since the glorious days of the original contemplative Hermits of Mt. Carmel, St. Theresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, St. John of the Cross and St. Theresa of Liseaux.
Including those habit styles currently in use around the world including the Anglican styles.
The Communion of Saint Teresa of Avila, (detail); Co-founder with St. John of the Cross of the Discelsed Carmelite Friars & Nuns. 16th Century painting by Claudio Coello, Museum of Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid, Spain
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