Pure Golden Crowns in the Garden of God: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine, Melrose Park, IL

Honoring the Mother and her Son…

Crown Blessing by Pope Benedict XVI
Crown Blessing by Pope Benedict XVI

ED. NOTE: A beautiful effort for the upcoming Commemoration of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on July 16th… Here’s the story from AP:

Parishioners at a suburban church have donated 15 pounds of gold, which leaders at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel had melted into two 14-karat gold crowns worth $75,000.

statue2Many parishioners at the parish in Melrose Park gave wedding bands, gold watches, bracelets and religious medallions. The crowns were to be put on statues of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus at the church on Sunday.

Last month, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pastor the Rev. Claudio Holzer and 35 parishioners traveled to Italy, where they had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI and he blessed the crowns.

Church officials say Italian Catholics from around the United States also contributed gold pieces for the crowns.

Don’t miss these photos – Past and Present – from The Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

More on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel:

History

Brown scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

On This Day Our Lady of Mount Carmel

One thought on “Pure Golden Crowns in the Garden of God: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine, Melrose Park, IL”

  1. The devotion to Our Lady in Melrose Park, Il. is getting stronger and spreading. A pictorial history of the Feast is being put together now and will be displayed this summer. On Sunday June 27 the 1st Anniversary Mass of the Papal Incoronation will be celebrated and the Display of the findings of the History Comm. will be unveiled along with artifacts of the Church and Feast. For more information contact alexthe6@melrosepark.org

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