We are a group of traditional Anglo Catholics from Savannah, outlining areas of Georgia and the South Carolina Low Country committed to becoming part of the personal Anglican Ordinariate under the apostolic constitution, Anglicanorium Coetibus and establishing Anglican Use parishes.
The Anglican Use Society of Savannah and the Low Country name
Our Lady of Mount Carmel as its Patroness.
December 18, 2011
After much prayer and meditation, our Anglican Use Community which was formed on May 21, 2011, during the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, has chosen Our Lady of Mount Carmel as our Patroness. In prayer, Our Lord Jesus Christ led us to consider a Carmelite patron. Our group felt that a Marian name would be most appropriate since the Ordinariate for the United States will be erected on January 1, 2012, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
So a Carmelite patroness is most appropriate for our community as it has been blessed to have been so warmly welcomed by the Sisters of Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery who have graciously and generously opened their hearts and home to us. We have been blessed to have been invited to use their beautiful chapel for our services. The Savannah Carmel is indeed the spiritual home of this Anglican Use Community.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also appropriate since our Blessed Mother, Mary offers historically, and continuing through today, a significant influence on the development of Christianity in England as was apparent with her appearance to St. Simon Stock.
Our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Simon Stock, a Carmelite Friar, on July 16, 1251 in Aylesford, England, gave him the gift and amazing promise of the Brown Scapular and implored him:
“Receive, my beloved son, this habit of thy order: this shall be to thee and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire….It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.” Simon Stock went on to establish numerous Carmelite communities in England, France and Italy.
Mary’s own life and fiat express total obedience. In declaring herself ‘the handmaid of the Lord’, the Blessed Virgin shows total obedience to God’s will and makes it her own .
"Mary makes the Father's will the inspiring principle of her whole life, seeking in it the necessary strength to fulfill the mission entrusted to her", the Holy Father said.
So, it would seem that Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the most ideal patroness for our Anglican Use Society of Savannah and the Low Country, now to be known as :
Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Anglican Use.
“Lord, let the motherly prayer of the glorious Virgin come to our help. Through her support, help us reach the true mount which is Christ. Amen”
“ O Mary, Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself to you, for my whole life is but a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through your hands. Since you look with special kindness on those who wear your scapular, I implore you to strengthen my weakness with your power, to enlighten the darkness of my mind with you wisdom, and to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity that I may repay each day my debt of humble homage to you.
May you bring me your special protection in my daily struggle to be faithful to your Divine Son and to you. May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to imitate your virtues. From now on, I shall strive to live in God’s Presence, and offer all to Jesus through you. Dearest Mother, support me by your never-failing love and lead me to paradise through the merits of Christ and your own intercession. Amen. “ (Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
First Healing Service
it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16
Members of The Anglican Use Society of Savannah and the Low Country together with the Sisters of Our Lady of Confidence Carmelite Monastery were blessed to gather together Sunday, October 9th for our first Healing Service. Father Martin Scott, founder of Servants of Divine Mercy, Peru (www.siervosdeladivinamisericordia.org) offered a special healing service for our Ordinariate bound community as well as for the Carmelite Sisters. The service was one of prayer, praise and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Rosary were prayed together . Special and personal prayer intentions were offered. Father Martin prayed and laid hands on the twenty –one present. Our community found this to be a truly powerful and transforming experience. Following our service we shared cake and coffee as Father Martin talked about the infinite love and mercy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ offered to all who turn unto Him asking and trusting in His Divine Mercy. We offer our heartfelt and humble thanks to Father Martin for so graciously and generously sharing his extraordinary spiritual gifts with us. What a blessing for our infant Anglo-Catholic Community.