If you are familiar with the Roman Catholic Carmelites, you will see we share a majority of the traditional crest. We have a few differences and some of our meanings are different than those of the Roman Rite.
First, we have the Celtic Cross at the center of the crest, indicating our complete devotion to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and the Celtic cross reminds us of our identity apart from Roman Catholicism.
The Celtic Trinity symbol represents our devotion to each Member of the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and we stand firm in the Bible alone through faith alone by grace alone to the Glory of God alone. Biblical references to the Holy Trinity include Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 13:14. Finally, the harp represents the unity Brian Boru brought to Ireland and the unity we pray all Christian Churches will have in Christ Jesus. Saint Patrick is traditionally recognized as using a shamrock to explain the Trinity to the people. We find the Trinity referenced throughout the Bible.
The crown in the Roman Rite refers to Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth and the protector of the Carmelite Order. We view the Cross as the Lordship of Jesus over us (a Biblically sound interpretation). Without the cross, we would remain lost in our sins and not have the joy of our salvation.
Like the Roman Rite, the background indicates Mount Carmel, where the early Christian hermits studied Holy Scripture and meditated on the Word of God.
The traditional Scripture verse on the banner of the crest is from 1Kings 19:10, "I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts." We endeavor to have a wholehearted identity with this verse, yet feel the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is rich in Scriptures by which we are to live. Throughout our lives, passages from the Bible have a more emotional connection than others, depending on our circumstances. We felt the depiction of the Bible would serve to focus members of our community on the whole grace of Scripture.
The Roman Catholic Carmelites place a great emphasis on their devotion to Mary (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) as their model and protector. While we absolutely believe Mary is an exemplary example of Christianity at its finest, and we strive to magnify the Lord Jesus Christ in our very being, we believe firmly in the Holy Trinity for our protection and devotion.
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