For enlightenment and protection, thank or ask for favors in difficult cases.
The name Carmen is a derivation of Carmel which is one of the titles given to Our Blessed Mother, namely, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order. They takes its name from Mount Carmel, which was the first place dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and where a chapel was erected in her honor before her Assumption into Heaven.
July 16 in 1251, pious tradition says, the Blessed Virgin appeared to St. Simon Stock, General of the Carmelites at Cambridge, England, showed him the scapular and promised supernatural favors and her special protection to his Order and to all persons who would wear the scapular. This scapular became one of the most distinctive signs of the Carmelite Order.
The Virgen del Carmen is also called Estrella del Mar (in Latin Stella Maris) and in some countries she is considered the patron saint of the sea. Her feast day is July 16th.
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