|Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patroness of the Carmelite order. Her Spanish name is Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which we have heard people in Mexico shorten to "La Carmen." The Spanish name is, of course, the origin of the popular given name Carmen.
She is typically portrayed in a brown Carmelite habit under a white cloak, with a golden crown shaped more or less as shown at left. She invariably carryies the Christ Child, who usually wears a similar crown.
Tradition in the Carmelite order has it that the Virgin gave the brown scapular to St. Simon Stock (explanation at this page). Thus many images show her with the scapular hanging from her hand (example).
Feast day: July 16
At left, painting at the Santa Barbara Mission, California