Yesterday was the first night of the Discalced Carmelite Monastery's annual outdoor Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
The Carmel of Saint Joseph, after Mass.
Patrick M. O'Meara and James B. Hills, who started practicing in Saint Louis in 1923, were the architects of the monastery, as well as the nearby Villa Duchesne School (1929), in Frontenac, Missouri; Saint George's Church (1928), in Affton, Missouri; Saint James the Greater Church (1927), in Saint Louis; and the White House Retreat of the Society of Jesus, on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, in south Saint Louis County. They designed other churches and buildings in Saint Louis and elsewhere in the Midwest. They were authors of the book "Catholic Churches and Institutions", dating from 1928. The firm was later called Hills, Gilbertson, and Fisher, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Chapel of the Precious Blood.
This was taken after Benediction and the outdoor Mass. Normally, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed here, and the chapel is never without worshippers either here or beyond the enclosure of the cloister: the Sisters' grille can be seen on the back and sides of the sanctuary.
Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary, holding the Christ Child.
Statue of the Spanish mystic, Saint John of the Cross, who famously worked with Saint Teresa of Avila ("big Teresa") to found the Discalced Carmelite order. During a time of extreme spiritual dryness, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux ("little Teresa") would only read the Gospel and the works of Saint John of the Cross; several years ago, her relics were venerated on this altar.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, showering down roses from heaven.
Saint Joseph, holding lilies and a carpenter's square. The lilies figure in an ancient legend that tells how the priests of the Jewish Temple selected Joseph to take care of Mary, in spite of the fact that she insisted on remaining a virgin consecrated to God. The carpenter's square relates to his profession, tekton in Greek, or skilled construction worker; tradition says he was primarily a carpenter. A chief tekton is called an architect.
Simon helps Jesus carry the Cross.
Many thanks to the extern Sister who let me take photos here and who unlocked the chapel, letting me out.