Two parishes celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Thursday, July 16 with processions throughout town streets.
Bridgeton faithful carried a statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the city streets, starting at the former parish school at 8:30 a.m., and ending at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in time for 9 a.m. Mass. The procession included the original statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel used since the members of the local Mt. Carmel Society Lodge began the walk 95 years ago.
In Hammonton, the festival started with an “emergence ceremony” when all of the statues were brought forth from St. Joseph’s Church, followed by a procession and Mass.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel refers to the title given to Mary, after she presented the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to Carmelite St. Simon Stock on June 16, 1251.
In photos at left and above, statues and handlers move through the crowd in Hammonton. Right, worshippers in Bridgeton show their devotion.
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