I should have posted this several days ago… but I was wondering if enrollment in the Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel would be an appropriate reason for me to celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel tomorrow as a proper feast (rather than optional memorial) in the Liturgy of the Hours.
All I can find is this (from the Table of Liturgical Days):
- Proper feasts, namely:
a. Feast of the principal patron of the diocese.
b. Feast of the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral.
c. Feast of the principal patron of a region or province, or a country, or of a wider territory.
d. Feast of the title, founder, or principle patron of an order or congregation and of a religious province, without prejudice to the directives in no. 4.
e. Other feasts proper to an individual church.
f. Other feasts listed in the calendar of a diocese or of a religious order or congregation.
Number 4 is about proper solemnities, which I don’t think would apply. I know that Mt. Carmel is a proper solemnity for the Order of Carmelites, as is St. Elijah on July 20.
Does anyone have anything thoughts, or preferably clear documentation on this? Now, I am not bound to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours, I choose to. But I want to celebrate faithfully according to the General Instruction anyway, as if I was bound.
If it doesn’t seem acceptable I’ll just celebrate as a memorial as best I can, and also pray the Te Deum extra-liturgically, as it were. But if I can do it as a feast (or solemnity) that would be great. I wish there were a Carmelite priory here I could go to tomorrow!