On Wednesday the 3rd of April, Emily Frazer gave a Carmelite Conversation on the Martyrs of Compiègne. All these books can be found at The Carmelite Library. Emily writes this note to readers and explorers of the Martyrs of Compiègne: “I highly recommend reading ‘To Quell the Terror’ by William Bush, as a starting point, in discovering the stories of these beautiful Martyrs, not only because it is a well-researched excellent book but because it sets the scene and offers factual information and resources and helps the reader to digest an overall picture of the how’s and what’s and whys before delving into the fictional retellings and re-workings.” Books read during Emily’s preparation of the presentation:
1. The Complete Poems, by Christina Rossetti
2. Les Carmelites de Compiègne, by Jean-Pierre Gilson, with a preface by André Frossard
3. The Carmelites, by Georges Bernanos
4. The Carmelites of Compiègne who died for their Faith on the Scaffold of the Revolution, by Abbé A. Odon, Curé of Tilloloy (Somme), Translated into English from the French for the Carmelite Monastery of Boston, 1898. (This is a delicate little pamphlet which has been preserved to us and passed down through 121 years. It has seen some traveling but can be found in this Library.)
5. Saints of Carmel, a compilation, by Louis Saggi, O.Carm (with Valentine Macca, O.C.D.), translated by Gabriel Pausback, O.Carm
6. The Song at the Scaffold, by Gertrud Von Le Fort
7. The Complete Works, Volume Two, Letters from Carmel, by Elizabeth of the Trinity
8. The Fearless Heart, by Georges Bernanos
9. To Quell the Terror, the True Story of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne, by William Bush
10. The Mantle of Elijah: the Martyrs of Compiègne as Prophets of the Modern Age, by Terrye Newkirk, OCDS
11. Elizabeth of The Trinity, Volume One, by Joanne Mosley
12. Carmel in the World 1996, Vol. XXXV, N.1-2
13. Blessed Jacques Retouret, Carmelite Martyr, by Antonio Ruiz, O.Carm
14. The Beatification of Blessed Jacques Retouret, by Redemptus M. Valabek, O.Carm
15. Le Sant du Carmel, ou La Veritable Passion des Seize Carmelites de Compiègne, by Jesus-Marie de Bruno
16. Catholic Encyclopedia. The Martyrs of Compiegne, New Advent, ‘The Sixteen Blessed Teresian Martyrs of Compiegne’, newadvent.org
17. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: A Gateway, her life, her spirituality, and mission, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne, by Steven Payne OCD, thereseoflisieux.org
18. The Glueckert Files: Thérèse of St. Augustine and Companions, by Leopold Glueckert O.Carm, published February 3, 2015, Order of Carmelites, www.carmelites.net accessed March 28, 2019.
19. Carmel of Compiègne in Jonquières- Service des Moniales
https://www.service-des-moniales.cef.fr/en/carmel-of-compiegne-in-jonquieres/ accessed March 30, 2019.
20. J’ai trouvé Dieu : Oeuvres Completes, Tome II, Journal et notes intimes, Lettres de Jeunesse, Poesies, by Elisabeth De La Trinité, Carmelite. Les Editions Du Cerf, 29, bd Latour-Maubourg, Paris, 1979.
Music Featured in this presentation:
(All music is available through i-tunes)
Songs the Nuns sang on the way to the Guillotine and as each sister fell:
1. Come Spirit, Creator Blest
3. The Salve Regina
4. The Te Deum
Songs of The Revolution:
1. The Carmagnole
2. Ca Ira
Music played during this presentation:
1. Salve Regina from album ‘Hymns’ by Beth Nielsen Chapman
2. Regina Caeli from album ‘Lean into the Wind’ by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
3. Veni Creator Spiritus from album ‘Mercy Rushes In’ by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles
4. Francis Poulenc, The Carmelites, performed by the English National Opera Orchestra and featuring Paul Daniel
5. Poulenc, Dialogues Des Carmelites, performed by Denise Duval, Regine Crespin, Denise Scharley, Liliane Berton, Rita Gorr and Choeurs et Orchestre du Theatre National de l’Opera de Paris & Pierre Dervaux, The Home of Opera
6. Francis Poulenc, Dialogues des Carmelites, performed by Sally Matthews, Deborah Polaski, Heidi Brunner, Michelle Breedt, Hendrickje van Kerckhove, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Bertrand de Billy
7. La Marseillaise performed by Edith Piaf, from the album ‘France: From Paris to Provence.’
8. Ah Ca Ira and La Carmagnole performed by Les Sans Culottes, from the album ‘Chansons de la Revolution.’
9. Miserere performed by Anuna, from album ‘Cynara.’
10. Te Deum performed by The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, from the album ‘Mater Eucharistiae (International Version).’
11. Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites (1956), Volume 1 performed by Paris Opera Chorus and more.
12. Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites (1956), Volume 2 performed by Paris Opera Chorus and more.
13. Ad Vigiliam Paschalem: Canticum VIII “Laudate Dominum” (G.T. 187), performed by I Cantori Della Turrita, Frederica De Rossa-Castioni and Eros Belt, from the album ‘In a Cloister- Novices’ Gregorian Chants .
Other sources to check out:
1. Dialogue with the Carmelites (Film - 1960)
2. Dialogue of the Carmelites opera by Poulenc (DVD)
3. La Relation du Martyre des seize Carmelites de Compiegne - Sr. Marie of the Incarnation
4. The Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne - Fr. Phelim
5. The Martyrs of Compiegne DVD
6. The Martyrdom of Love... The Mystical Spirituality of Madame Lidoine (commentary on a Christmas Carol by the Mother of the Martyrdom of the Carmelites of Compiegne) - William Bush
7. Gertrud Von Le Fort, Bernanos and the Historical Sources of "Die Letzte am Schafott"- William Bush
8. The Compiegne Carmelite Martyrs and the Holy Mass (17-July), Sensus Fidelium – published on July 17, 2016 (Youtube video)
9. The Blessed Carmelites of Compiegne – Sacred Heart – Published July 18, 2011 (Youtube video)
10. Martyrs of Compiegne – Wikipedia audio article, published on January 17, 2019 (Youtbe video)
11. Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity – published by CarmeliteAtHeart, September 9, 2011 (youtube video)
Also ‘Dialogues des Carmelites’ the Met Opera will be playing at Cinema Nova in Lygon Street this year, 2019.
The following dates for this performance are:
27-28 July – 1pm
30 July – 6.30 pm
31 July – 1pm
1-4 August – 11.30am
6-7 August – 11.30am
Please check the Cinema Nova website for more details: <https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/met-opera-dialogues-des-carmelites,> accessed March 10, 2019.