Carmelite monastery to host its first St. Thérèse triduum
By Nissa LaPoint
Photo by James Baca/DCR
This October, St. Thérèse of Lisieux may deliver a rose to those who seek her intercession.
In honor of her feast day, the Discalced Carmelite nuns will help the saint fulfill her promise to send down a “shower of roses” by distributing blessed flowers to the faithful.
This year is the first they will hold a triduum leading up to the saint’s feast day, Oct. 1, at the monastery’s Carmel of the Holy Spirit Chapel in Littleton.
“We wanted to do it bigger this year because of the election and so many things that need her intercession,” explained Carmelite Sister Mary of Jesus.
The cloistered nuns will host a holy triduum starting with Benediction and a spiritual talk by Father John Riley at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. On Oct. 1, Father Riley, adjunct professor at the Augustine Institute, will lead a solemn Mass for the saint’s feast day. The sisters will then distribute 400 roses.
“It will help us to get a glimpse of the sisters who are Carmelites and who are the love in the heart of the Church,” Father Riley said.
He will speak to the faithful about St. Thérèse and the holy Eucharist each night of the triduum.
“St. Thérèse is a very powerful mediatrix and intercessor,” Father Riley said, adding that he’s seen it happen frequently.
The saint, born in 1873, entered a Carmelite monastery in France at 15. She’s known for her “little way,” which she describes in her autobiography, “Story of a Soul,” as pleasing God by doing daily chores and activities out of love for him.
“Her little way is how every Catholic has the means within their daily life to become a saint,” Sister Mary of Jesus said.
On her deathbed, St. Thérèse told her sisters in the monastery that she would not leave them and would send a shower of roses to all those who ask for her intercession. The saint died from tuberculosis in 1897 and was canonized in 1925. Blessed Pope John Paul II declared her a doctor of the Church because of her great impact on people.
St. Thérèse Triduum
7 p.m. Oct. 1 - Mass and distribution of roses
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