The Feast of the Little Flower, celebrated on October 1st, follows a nine day novena and Vigil Mass where her relics are carried in solemn procession from Carmel to the Basilica. Anyone who has had the privilege to participate in a French processional knows that French chant is breathtakingly beautiful and can be heard as I experienced it (at least in part)... HERE. (Wait for the short commercial to end).
Vigil activities from my snapshot (challenged) camera:
Other Cakes of Lisieux
The Lisieux Carmelites offer a special cake called Le Scofa.The ingredients include sugar, caramel, eggs, flour and almonds. It was a secret recipe for years but the sisters no longer care so much about secrets anymore and have posted the recipe on facebook (somewhere) according to one commentary. Scofa was sold at the Carmel boutique and elsewhere.
Characteristics of this cake
- In the shape of a heart
- tears of milk chocolate on top
- crunchy sprinkles over a foamy, bavarian style, pink rose mousse
- ivory white milk chocolate
- cinnamon and exotic fruits
- crystal roses petals
St Therese Symbolism
- She chose her vocation "I will be love in the heart of the Church."
- At age 13, she was very sensitive and cried a lot and also the color of the tears recall the habit of the Carmelite Order.
- The three different textures recall the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
- white recalls her purity
- A reminder of her desire to be patroness of missions: "I would like to wander the earth."
- She promised to "launch" rose petals (graces) all over the world.