Thursday, 31 October 2013

A Free Gift With Every Order!

Here at Carmel Books we like to pack packages out - within the postage weight limits of an order, of course - with free bits and bobs like prayer cards and leaflets that promote worthy apostolates.

For some time now we've been adding a free copy of a variety of interesting booklets to orders. These booklets are not advertised for sale and are chosen by us according to what we have stock of at any given time.

At the moment - until stocks run out - we are giving away to customers a free copy of a fascinating and beautifully produced booklet entitled Notre Dame de Bellaigue: Rebirth of a Monastery.

This 44 page full colour booklet is a bit of a collectors item. Published in 2004 to help raise funds for the Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady of Bellaigue in France, it tells the religious story of Bellaigue, past and present, in poetry and pictures.

It's packed to the brim with inspiring colour photographs and carries an Introduction written by the saintly Prior of Bellaigue, Dom Angel, OSB.

Dom Angel Ferreira da Costa was called to his eternal reward on 9th March, 2008. Please remember the soul of the saintly Prior of Bellaigue on All Souls' and during the Octave.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Remembering Robin Pannell and Maurice Marshal

Dear Friends of Carmel Books,

All Souls' Day is fast approaching so please do remember in your prayers and devotions the souls of Robin Masterman Pannell and Maurice Marshal, MBE.

Robin, pictured above left, founded Carmel Books around 40 years ago to supply solid traditional Catholic materials in a post-Vatican II wasteland. He was called to his eternal reward on 22nd January, 2008.

Robin was succeeded by Maurice Marshal, pictured above right, who heroically took on the management of the Carmel Books apostolate whilst well into his 70's! Maurice was called to his eternal reward on 10th July, 2010.

Requiescant in Pace

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Meet the Publishers!

Dear Friends of Carmel Books,

In a series of upcoming blog posts we would like to introduce you to some of the smaller and less well-known publishers of good Catholic books that we work with, along with some of the excellent titles that they produce and which Carmel Books provide.

So please visit the blog regularly, as well as browsing the Carmel Books website.

Friends and customers can also make good use of our handy new Carmel Books widget that can be added to their own blog or website.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Everything You Need to Know About History

Dear Friends of Carmel Books,

It’s not very often that the national and regional daily papers decide to use their pages to attack a Catholic book!

The highly readable and enjoyable history reference book From Ur to Us, advertised in our electronic newsletter No. 6, has achieved just that with newspapers like The Mirror, The Telegraph, The Times and The London Evening Standard publishing mocking and disdainful reviews.

Why should the powerful and influential mass media do such a thing rather than just ignore a book apparently destined for a small circulation amongst traditionally-minded Catholics?

The answer seems to be that the Liberal Powers-That-Be truly fear this book and the incredible potential that it has to change ideas and form minds to a correct view of history that is sympathetic to Catholicism.

The author, Hugh Williams, is a leading member of UKIP which is currently enjoying an enormous surge of popular sympathy across the country. And because of that it seems that the Liberal establishment dread that this easy to read and wide-ranging reference book of historical fact, that taken together suggests the desirability of a restoration of Catholic Society, could benefit from that surge of popular sympathy and encourage an interest in the Catholic Faith amongst a very substantial number of people.

From Ur to Us is ideal material for the schoolroom, the public library and the family home.

So let us all help that Liberal nightmare come true by promoting and spreading this book as far and wide as possible with the aim of working towards restoring all things in Christ.

A Recommendation Received by a Carmel Books Customer

"The book arrived in perfect condition this morning. I ordered it because, since the mid 1990’s, when I returned to Tradition, I have been trying to re-learn history. History was always one of my favourite subjects at a Grammar School in the North-East of England, but of course, not having Catholic teachers, I have since discovered how far from the truth much of the teaching was.

This book captivated me as soon as I opened it. It is really amazing. As my wife (who is Danish) and I sat at the breakfast table, I suggested we tried a test: We would look up 'Denmark' in the 'Country by Country' section. Immediately we learnt something new. All Danes know that Harold Bl├ątand (Bluetooth) established Christianity, but how many know that Bluetooth wireless technology is named after him, because of his skill in communicating. My wife and I did not know that, nor my Danish son-in law, who happened to be present. I shall enjoy asking others".

The Complete Offices of Holy Week

Dear Friends of Carmel Books,

We are very pleased to be able to let you know about the newly republished liturgical gem Holy Week: The Complete Offices in Latin and English, which was compiled following the Pio-Benedictine Roman Missal and Breviary.

Holy Week, by the Right Reverend Abbot Fernand Cabrol, OSB, was first published in Latin and English in 1926. This clear and crisp facsimile reproduction of the Third Edition, published in 1927, carries an Explanatory Introduction by Abbot Cabrol.

Abbot Cabrol (1855-1937) made his Benedictine vows in 1877 at Solesmes, was ordained priest in 1882 and served as prior from 1890. In 1896 he became the first Prior of St. Michael’s at Farnborough, a daughter house of Solesmes Abbey. When St. Michael’s was raised to an Abbey in 1903, Fr. Cabrol was
appointed as its first Abbot. He authored some dozen books on the sacred liturgy and liturgical history.

Holy Week: The Complete Offices in Latin and English is published in a useful pocket-sized (5” x 7”) paperback edition of 392 printed pages — about an inch in thickness — and contains liturgical Offices such as Tenebrae, Lauds, Vespers and Compline.

An initial stock of this treasure of a liturgical book has been ordered from the publisher, and can be pre- ordered from us right now.

Holy Week: The Complete Offices in Latin and English retails at £14.95 plus p&p.

First Saturday Devotion Poster

We are also very pleased to be able to distribute to our friends and customers a very attractively produced First Saturday devotion poster that is ideal to print off to give to parish priests for display on their parish noticeboards. Please email us to request a PDF copy.

This was sent to us by Kevin Rowles, author of the wonderful booklet on the holy victim soul Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa.

Blessed Alexandrina: A Living Miracle of the Eucharist is available from Carmel Books for £3.95 plus p&p.

Restoring the Bastions

Dear Friends of Carmel Books,

We are pleased to introduce you to a relatively new title that Carmel Books now has stock of.

Restoring the Bastions: The Church Militant at War is a 288 page hardback book with full colour dust jacket written by Fr. Dominic Mary of the Pillar, O.P.

Restoring the Bastions is a collection of essays that strike to the heart of the matter regarding the Crisis in the Church and the tumultuous times in which we live.

The book seeks to answer the desire for Revolution that found expression in the work The Razing of the Bastions by the Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar in the early 1950’s. He was part of a movement of ‘new theologians’ that sought for an ‘updating’ of the Church by destroying the separation between the Church and a hostile world, and a casting down of the “bastions” by which the Church had protected Herself against the Liberal doctrines assailing Christendom since the 16th century.

The Church has since suffered collapse in the Liturgy, religious life and the practice of the Faith. Millions of Catholics no longer believe in the dogmas of the religion that they claim to profess. The Church will only be able to recover from this crisis when Her members rediscover Her own traditional doctrine and worship.

It is time for clergy and faithful to work to restore the bastions thrown down by the Church’s enemies.

It is time for Christ to be restored to His throne.

Hardback. 288 pages.
£19.95 plus p&p.

Shortly available from Carmel Books for 2014
A free sample of the 2013 Ordo is available to
priests on request

Christ the King and Sacred Choral Music

Dear Friends of Carmel Books,

We are extremely pleased to announce that Carmel Books now has for sale a two-DVD set of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre celebrating, we think, his last publicly recorded Mass. In fact, as far as we know, it is the last public visual record of the saintly Archbishop before he went to his eternal reward.

This magnificent High Mass was recorded in the Church of St. Nicolas du Chardonnet in Paris on the Feast of Christ the King, Sunday 28th October, 1990.

The two-DVD set contains Archbishop’s Lefebvre’s striking sermon with added English subtitles, and at the end of the DVD are found six photo galleries celebrating the Archbishop’s heroic life.

The two discs featuring Holy Mass and sermon run to a total of 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Apart from its immense historical and inspirational value this DVD is an ideal spiritual aid for poor souls in this age of desolation who, for geographical or other reasons, are unable to regularly attend the True Sacrifice.

This one-and-a-half hour two-disc DVD retails at £16.95 plus p&p.

We are also very pleased to inform you of the availability of a wonderful audio CD of Sacred Choral Music composed by the traditional Catholic composer Nicholas Wilton, and sung by the widely-acclaimed choir Magnificat.

Sacred Choral Music by Nicholas Wilton consists of 14 motets inspired by the sacred music of the 16th century Catholic masters.

Reviewing this CD, the internationally acclaimed Irish flute player Sir James Galway wrote that:

“This is one of my favourite CD’s. Masterfully written, beautifully sung. It brings me closer to God. I have given it as a gift to many of my friends.”

This first-class CD retails at £9.95 plus p&p