The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of the Carmelite’s life as it is of the Church’s life.
We place ourselves on the altar with Christ, joyfully surrendering to His Love all our gifts of heart, will, mind, and hands.
In response to Christ’s invitation to the Wedding Banquet of the Eucharist, the Carmelite gathers into her heart the poor (in supernatural life), the crippled (by worldly values; anxiety), and the blind (in darkness of unbelief), so that His house may be filled. When the Bridegroom comes in Holy Communion, He finds those who she invited and feeds all His healing, strengthening grace.
The praise, thanksgiving, and joy of union celebrated at the Eucharistic Sacrifice is continued by the Community chanting the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church’s official prayer.
“By tradition going back to early Christian times, the Divine Office is arranged so that the whole course of the day and night is made holy by the praises of God …
It is the very prayer which Christ Himself together with His Body, addresses to the Father.
All who perform this service are not only fulfilling a duty of the Church, but also are sharing in the greatest honor accorded Christ’s spouse, for by offering these praises to God they are standing before God’s Throne in the Name of the Church, their Mother.”
(Vatican II: Constitution on the Liturgy, 84/85)