Flos Carmeli - Carmelite Marian Antiphon

Like many other Orders and Congregations with a particular devotion to Our Blessed Lady, the Order of Carmelites has a particular anthem to Our Lady. For the Carmelites it is the Flos Carmeli which is given here.

Flos Carmeli,
vitis florigera,
splendor caeli,
Virgo puerpera

Mater mitis,
sed viri nescia,
esto propitia,
Stella maris.

Radix Jesse,
germinans flosculum
hic adesse,
me tibi servulum,

Inter spinas
quae crescis lilium,
Serva puras
mentes fragilium

fortis pugnantium,
furunt bella,
tende praesidium

Per incerta,
prudens consilium,
Per adversa,
juge solatium
Flower of Carmel,
tall vine blossoming laden;
Splendour of heaven,
child-bearing yet maiden.
None equals thee.

Mother so tender,
who no man didst know,
on Carmel's children
thy favours bestow.
Star of the Sea.

Strong stem of Jesse,
who bore one bright flower,
be ever near us
and guard us each hour,
who serve thee here.

Purest of lilies,
that flowers among thorns,
bring help to the true heart
that in weakness turns
and trusts in thee.

Strongest of armour,
we trust in thy might:
under thy mantle,
hard press’d in the fight,
we call to thee.

Our way uncertain,
surrounded by foes,
unfailing counsel
you give to those
who turn to thee.