“The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon” (Is.35,2)
Etymologically Carmel has a number of meanings. The most common however, comes from the root of the Hebrew word Karmel (KRM) which is similar to the word Kerem, meaning vineyard, orchard, garden, but always associated to the idea of fertility, abundance and beauty. Carmel also brings to mind a particular mountain, scene of important events in the history of the People of Israel. Ever since the time of the prophet Elijah, right through in monastic tradition, Carmel has also become symbolic of the place of man’s encounter with God.