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When is the Feast of Our Lady of Carmel?
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is Mary. Mary is Mother of Jesus Christ. The feast is celebrated on the 16th of July, every year. It changed from 17th July from the first decade of 20th century. The holiday change was brought into by Catholic Church in Chile by Law 20,148 effective from 27 December, 2006.
History of importance of Lady of Mount Carmel and Chile
Carmel is a mountain in the northern part of Israel. In the year 1811, General Carrera and General O’Higgins met the Vicar of Santiago to request for success in the struggle for independence from Spain. The cathedral in which they met the Vicar of Santiago, was a statue of Our Lady of Carmel.
In the battle of Chabuco, General O’Higgins proclaimed the Lady as the patroness and general of the Chilean armed forces. Chileans also promised to raise a church in honor, if they would win the battle. By the end of the year 1818, the Spanish were defeated and as promised the Lady of Mount Carmel was proclaimed to be the main patron saint of all Chileans and not limited to the armed forces. This Lady was proclaimed by the Vatican at the request of Chilean bishops in the year 1923.
Why was the date changed from 17th July to 16th?
The original date was chosen by the Church of England as 17th July for the feast. But this date was clashing with the feast of St. Alexis which was celebrate across the rest of Europe. Thus the feast was shifted to 16th July and has been observed every year since 2007.