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. Traditionally, Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity as three persons that are one in essence. 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.
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 crown as the Lordship of Jesus over us (a Biblically sound interpretation).
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 hand holding the flaming sword symbolizes the traditional "founder" of the Carmelites, the prophet Elijah. In 1Kings,18, we see Elijah challenging the prophets of Baal, and defeating them in a demonstration of the power and might of the one, true God. Today the sword represents our passion to uphold the Word of God and defend it's traditional interpretation in a spirit of evangelical education.
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. We changed the words on the banner to reflect our separation from Rome and indicate we are affiliated with the Celtic Rite of the Old Catholic Church (to learn more of the Celtic Rite, we invite you to visit their website). The "2011" at the bottom of the crest represents the year of our founding.
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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