Virgin Mary

The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mary is the patroness of the Carmelite Order. She is our model as a person totally given to God, listening attentively to his Word, pondering it in her heart, and responding fully to its demands. She is a woman of faith and obedience to whom we look as a companion and guide on our journey of faith. She is Mother and Sister as well as patroness. Her gentle presence pervades our lives. The scapular that we wear is the symbol of our dedication to her and of her motherly care for us. Our community has its own specially loved image of Mary, the drawing popularly known as ‘our Lady of Notting Hill’.

Mother Mary of Jesus, Prioress for many years, had a deep love of our Lady, which reached a new level in 1916. It was during the First World War, and she herself was ill and in great need, when she experienced our Lady’s help in so powerful and graphic a way that she afterwards sketched her face in pencil. Cardinal Bourne, who had already shared with her his own trust in Mary to protect our war-threatened country, authorised the publication of this picture, to be invoked under the title of “The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary”. Copies of this picture have found their way round the world, and it has now been reproduced in a stone relief, as the lady altar in the chapel of this monastery.

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