The Flos Carmeli is a Carmelite hymn and prayer. Flos Carmeli is Latin for “Flower of Carmel” and was first used as the sequence for the Feast of St. Simon Stock. Beginning in 1663 it became the sequence for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. It is said to have been written by St. Simon Stock himself (c1165 – 1265).
Flower of Carmel, Tall vine blossom laden, Splendor of heaven, Childbearing yet maiden None equals thee. Mother so tender, who no man dist know, On Carmel’s children Thy favors 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 armor, We trust in thy might: Under counsel You give to those who turn to thee. Our way uncertain, Surrounded by foes, unfailing counsel You give to those who turn to thee. O gentle Mother, Who in Carmel reigns, Share with your servants that gladness you gained and now enjoy. Hail, Gate of Heaven, With glory now crowned, Bring us to safety Where thy Son is found, true joy to see. Amen (Alleluia)
Flos Carmeli, vitis florigera, splendor caeli, virgo puerpera singularia Mater mitis sed viri nescia Carmeliis esto propitia sella maris. Radi lesse germinans flosculum nos ad esse tecum in saeculum patiaris Inter spinas quae crescis lilium serva puras mentes fragilium tutelaris Armatura Fortis pugnanitium furunt bella tend praesidium scapularis Per incerta prudens consilium per adversa iuge solatium largiaris Mater dulcis Carmeli Domina plebem tuam reple laetitia qua bearis Paradisi clavis et ianua, fac nos duci quo, mater, gloria coronaris. amen (Alleluia)