At the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middletown, NY (who knew?), there was last Sunday, 19 July 2o20, a celebration of Solemn Mass in the Carmelite Rite. It was the Feast of St. Elijah, Old Testament Prophet (yes, they are considered saints and get feast days), so important for the Carmelites.
The Carmelite Rite – also called the Rite of the Holy Sepulchre – is quite ancient and differs from the Roman Rite in some obvious respects, including the tones of the chant.
It is good that these ancient Rites, such as the Dominican, are being revived in their respective Orders. We are our rites! Dominicans and Carmelites should have their own beautiful heritage in which and by which they can find formation and identity.
There are two videos available. The first one, which I’ve tried to embed, might make you go to YouTube to view it.